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Message from the President
The de Witt Years
Former Lieutenant Governor
Message From the President
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first woman in
history to hold
statewide office —
will be the speaker
and honorary degree
recipient at Lasell's Commencement
Ceremony, Sunday, May 20, 2007. Dr. Murphy
is the co-author of the book, "Getting Even,"
an eye-opening, sober look at the continuing
struggle for women to get equal wages.
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Dear Alumni and Friends of Lasell,
It is finally beginning to sink in. A few
weeks from now, Lasell, after 19 years of
rich experiences, will no longer be part
of my daily life. This last edition of the
Leaves during my presidency affords
me one more opportunity to reminisce,
to reflect on the challenges and rewards
of the job, and most importantly to
thank you for your faith in and support
of this special college. I could write a
piece on transitions — that no one is
ever quite ready for departure, no mat-
ter the intensity of the preparation —
but I will leave that for my post-Lasell
life, for this issue is as much about
the future as it is about the past and
features an extensive interview with
president-elect Michael Alexander. You
will have already received the annual
report, "The Legacy of Leadership," in
which Chairman Erik Stapper got the
last word.' Now it is my turn. I am
grateful to him and all who have been
so generous with their praise, but as
Michael no doubt already knows or will
quickly appreciate, at Lasell it takes the
dedicated work of an entire community
to be successful.
If I were pressed to describe in brief
the essence of Lasell's long and at times
turbulent history, it would be the com-
mitment to — and periodic absence of
— innovation. Our logo with the rays
of the sun bursting forth, bespeaks a
proud heritage: "Innovative Education
Since 1851." However, whenever the
community felt too secure about its
present and future, it began to falter.
At its peril, the institution ignored
fundamental shifts in higher education,
particularly when similar colleges began
to offer baccalaureate degrees in the
1960s and '70s. But when we remained
President Thomas E.J. de Witt.
faithful to our entrepreneurial legacy by
taking prudent risks (not pure gambles),
we prospered. It is this renewed spirit of
continued on page 2
Fulfilling a Destiny
Michael B. Alexander Answers the
Call as Lasell's Ninth President
Michael B. Alexander.
IVIichael B. Alexander believes in des-
tiny. He's not sure what it looks like, but
he knows how it feels. Destiny has been
gently stirring the air around him since
LASELL's Search Process —
A Conversation with Search
Chair Eric Turner page 6
early childhood, propelling him steadily
toward the dream he is now living.
Despite a successful career that has
been decidedly nontraditional to the
world of academia — in business, enter-
tainment and technology — Michael
confesses to having a particular bias for
higher education. And, he admits, he's
always imagined himself growing up to
be president — not of a country, but of
The real story behind the recent
announcement of Michael Alexander's
appointment as Lasell's 9th president is
simple — dare to dream.
"I know it sounds odd to want to grow
up to be a college president," he laughs
softly, "but it's true. I have held an aspi-
ration to lead an institution of higher
education all my life; I've just taken a
number of detours along the way to get
there." Michael says he's glad that the
indirect route he's taken has provided
him with the background and experi-
ence necessary to take on the challenge
of helming Lasell.
"When I became one of the four final-
ists for the presidency, and particularly
after I saw who the other three finalists
were, I felt I didn't have much of a
chance. I know how it works. I've been
on search committees. I've been on
boards that hired people." On the face
of it, he knew that some might make
the judgment that "I'm someone with-
out a terminal degree who runs a movie
company. That's a lot to overcome
continued on page 4
Message from the President
Message From the President
continued from page 1
innovation that I consider my personal
legacy. The early years produced lots of
angst as we feared for our very survival,
but they also became the crucible for
new ideas and breathtaking leaps of
faith. What college other than Lasell
would risk half of its meager $3 million
endowment to pursue a dream of
redefining aging — and thereby create
a new educational market? No women's
college before Lasell, to my knowledge,
boldly embraced co-education at a
moment when its survival was not
actually threatened. The spectacular
growth of the institution — in bricks
and mortar, more and stronger
students, and a richer intellectual
experience provided by a larger and
highly qualified faculty — is a direct
result of that timely decision.
So, is Lasell secure? Yes, and no. It is
financially and academically strong
enough to survive in the super-heated
competitive New England region. ..and
weak enough to fail if it abandons its
market-focused commitment to contin-
uous program development. Its $20+
million endowment is sufficient to
underwrite some further risk-taking,
but inadequate to create any sense of
complacency. In whatever direction
President Alexander and the Board of
Trustees take Lasell, I am confident the
college will look significantly different
19 years from now. It will require
respectful debate about the future,
empowerment of the talented profes-
sionals on campus and a commitment
to consensus leadership. The election of
Michael Alexander, a non-traditional
candidate with an extraordinary record
of accomplishment matched only by his
bold dreams for Lasell, is the best guar-
antee that this institution will continue
It remains for me to thank all of you
again for your faith in me, and to
remind you of the important role you
have played in Lasell's renaissance.
If this college was able to raise in excess
of $40 million under the leadership of
a "non-fundraising" president, imagine
what you can do in the future!
Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D.
Two Trustees Emeriti Elected
Lasell Says Farewell to President de Witt
Lasell College is pleased to announce
the election of two Trustees Emeriti.
^^ Nancy Lawson
Donahue '49 has a
long history of
and support of Lasell
College. She graduat-
ed as a retailing
major and after mov-
ing to Lowell, MA with her husband,
Richard, she became an active volunteer
leader and fundraiser for many Lowell
area organizations — while raising their
Nancy co-founded the Merrimack
Repertory Theater 28 years ago and
still serves as Chairman of the Board.
She has given her time to a long list
of non-profits, including the United
Fund of the Merrimack Valley and the
Whistler House Museum of Art. She
was a trustee of Lawrence Academy and
is currently Director of the Enterprise
Bank of Lowell.
At Lasell, Nancy has been a strong and
thoughtful leader during a period of
rapid change. She served on the Mission
Committee charged with studying the
merits of co-education, served as Vice
Chair of the Board of Trustees, was a key
volunteer for the Lasell 150 Campaign,
and has led by example with her philan-
thropy to the College.
Because of Nancy's foresight and gen-
erosity, in 1999 the Donahue Institute
for Values and Public Life was estab-
lished. Since its inception it has focused
on the concepts of civic responsibility
and has created opportunities for stu-
dents to learn and practice the skills of
Lasell has been the
fortunate recipient of
Richard S. Holway's
talents. He joined
the Board of Trustees
in 1984, served as
from 1992 to 1997, and was Treasurer
from 1985 to 1991. His sage advice and
support were critical during the
College's shift to co-education and to
the creation of the Village.
At the 2001 Commencement he was
awarded an honorary doctor of humane
letters degree for his service to the
College. "Ever supportive, critical, and
questioning, Dick was the textbook
leader," says President Tom de Witt.
"He made me a better president than
I thought I could be."
Lasell was pleased to honor the philan-
thropy of Dick and his wife Jeannine,
and the memory of one of the College's
early alumnae, with the naming of the
Ella Elllis Holway Child Study Centers
in 1997. Dick's grandmother, Ella
Ellis Holway, graduated from Lasell
in 1881 and taught elementary school
in Sandwich, MA.
Dick was Senior Vice President and
Director of the investment counseling
firm Loomis, Sayles and Company, retir-
ing after 32 years, but he still managed
to find time for other affiliations. He
has been active in a number of busi-
nesses, professional and community
organizations, including the Boston
Security Analysts Federation, the
Financial Analysts Federation, and
has served as a trustee of the Newton-
Wellesley Hospital. "W
Since so many members of the Lasell community want
to say a personal and appreciative farewell to President
Tom de Witt, a number of separate events have been
planned to honor him. They include:
Lasell Student Celebration
Tuesday, April 24, 4 - 6 p.m.
2nd level, Campus Center
An event for the entire student body, including student leaders,
SGA; Resident Assistants; club and organization presidents;
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; team captains; Honors students.
Lasell Village Celebration
Thursday, April 26 in the afternoon
Residents and staff of the Village will join together to show President
de Witt their appreciation for the vision he demonstrated in creating
the now renowned living and learning retirement community on the
Lasell Alumni Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 4 - 5 p.m. (during Reunion Weekend)
Campus Center "A Sweet Farewell" Ice Cream Social
Lasell Faculty - Staff Farewell Barbecue
Tuesday, May 22, 12 noon - 2 p.m.
Trustees/Overseers/Honored Guests Farewell Celebration
Monday, June 25 - 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Brennan Library, Glow Lounge
2 Lasell Leaves
The de Witt Years 1988-2007
Thomas E. J. de Witt elected eighth president of
Lasell Junior College
College receives record
applications as a coed institution
First Connected Learning Symposium Week to show-
case student work
43 juniors enroll
in the first
in September 1990
Trustees approve construction of an athletic facility,
the first new building in 25 years
4 4 / worried at first about what it would be like for
our young children to grow up in what I imagined
would be the "fishbowl" of a president's house, but
it turned out to be a wonderful place for them and
me because we
got to form spe-
with so many
from those who
work in mainte-
nance and food service, to students, faculty and
especially Tom's senior staff, but also alumnae and
trustees, and even guests from abroad. We have
been enriched by all the ways in which Lasell has
truly become our family over these 79 years. • •
— Margaret Ward
The trustees endorse Lasell 750: A Celebration of
Lasell's Sesquicentennial, the College's first major
capital campaign with a target of $10,000,000
Lasell Village opens in May with all units sold within
six months, a national record
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Construction on Holt Hall begins
Grants are received from
the George I. Alden
Trust and the Davis
to support technology
Alternative Spring Break takes President de Witt
and nine students to Florida to work with Habitat
Neighborhood relations improve, leading to the
construction of the 148-bed Rockwell Hall, the
largest residential facility in the College's history
Lasell Leaves \
Lasell Welcomes the Alexanders
Fulfilling a Destiny
continued from page i
To read Michael Alexander's "I Believe" speech
that he gave to the all-College forum, go online to
On safari in Africa are (L to R) Michael, Mary Barbara, and Maggie Alexander.
despite the fact that I do have a strong
educational background and that I knew
I would always be good at this job. So, I
gave it my best shot and tried to be who
He impressed everyone he met with his
energy, zeal and his unconventionally
personal approach. At a packed, all-col-
lege meeting in de Witt Hall, Michael
introduced himself with a rousing
"I believe" speech (see inset above) that,
to quote several who experienced it,
When the call came from Board
Chairman Erik Stapper and Search
Committee Chair Eric Turner to let
Michael know he was their unanimous
choice, Michael says, "I was stunned
and excited. I knew I could match, if not
exceed, expectations. And I'm grateful
for the opportunity."
A favorite photo of grandfather W. Boyd
Alexander taken by Michael.
The impetus of Michael's lifelong
dream of a college presidency was
the grandfather he loved and yearned
W. Boyd Alexander was the vice presi-
dent and dean of the faculty at Antioch
College. "I was very close to my grand-
father and grew up admiring him,"
Michael says, and understandably so.
Grandfather Alexander was a luminary
in higher education. Credited with hav-
ing "guided five Antioch presidents...
more than doubling enrollment.. .and...
raising endowment 25-fold," Time
Magazine (July, 1963), referred to him
as Antioch' s "hidden president" for near-
ly three decades. One of the designers
and key implementers of the first
cooperative education program in the
United States, he was lauded by Time
as among a handful of academicians
who "shaped not only individual minds
but entire institutions."
Michael was the kind of young man
who didn't shrink from responsibility
and stoked an unflagging drive for
excellence. He made his parents (and
grandfather) proud — very proud.
In Ohio, where he grew up, he graduat-
ed first in his class from Columbus
Academy and gave the valedictory
address at his commencement. While
there, he was celebrated as a nine-letter
athlete and earned all-state honors as a
football quarterback and as a baseball
pitcher and also was elected president
of his senior class.
Accepted to Harvard College, Michael
became a National Scholar, played fresh-
man football and worked for two years
as Associate Editor of the Harvard
He married his high school sweetheart
Mary Barbara following his sophomore
year, took his senior year courses at
Smith where she was enrolled, and
traveled back and forth to Cambridge
to meet with his thesis tutor. After grad-
uation, the couple both enrolled at Ohio
State University (OSU). Mary Barbara
focused on a Master's in zoology and
Michael zeroed in on a Master's degree
in higher education and student person-
Not one to lollygag around, Michael
worked as a graduate research assistant
as well as a head resident of a fraternity
and taught creative writing in the under-
graduate program. He clearly was a
deserving choice for selection by the
OSU president for the Graduate School
And so it went, with Michael taking on
consulting work at the University of
Indonesia, in Jakarta, where he would
spend five weeks at a time, to fulfill a
mandate of structural reorganization
that required him to convince some
of the country's most powerful people
to sit together in a room and agree to
individually and collectively cede power
in order to achieve the much sought
after reorganization. It was in faraway
Jakarta that Michael's powerful gift as
a change-maker began to emerge.
Back at Harvard, Michael worked as
Assistant Dean of Freshmen while pur-
suing his doctorate in Higher Education
(he was named Harvard Graduate
National Scholar in 1977).
The story continues, with Michael
and Mary Barbara (see story on page 5)
switching off, one moving to a new loca-
tion with the other whenever an enticing
professional opportunity beckoned.
Mary Barbara, by now, was immersed
in her gift of acting, finding work in
theater and television in New York.
And Michael, unwilling to settle for
a commuter marriage, took a position
as Executive Assistant to the President
of Barnard College to be with her.
Meanwhile, although Michael finished
all his course work toward a doctorate,
the thesis he was ready to embark upon
was indefinitely put on hold. "I thought
I would be able to write my dissertation
while on the job at Barnard, but the job
was so much more than full-time. I was
totally absorbed with it and was gaining
valuable experience in the finance and
business side of college administration,"
When the president of Barnard, with
whom Michael worked closely, departed,
Michael realized that "it wasn't the right
environment for me anymore." He
resigned to move with Mary Barbara to
"The first six months in LA, I spent writ-
ing. I had always enjoyed writing prose,
but on the West Coast I tried writing
movie scripts. I discovered it's a whole
new discipline — it's a skill you have to
learn, along with how to sell them. After
six months we were good and broke and
I knew it was time to get a job."
He parlayed his job networking prowess
into four solid job offers, "three of them
from Hollywood studios and one from
Cal Tech to run the honor's program.
The thing is," he says, thoughtfully,
"that living in Los Angeles, being
young and being involved with the
entertainment industry can be pretty
seductive." Michael opted for a new
and exciting career in entertainment.
For starters, he worked alongside
the legendary Lou Wasserman at MCA.
After Hollywood, Michael orchestrated
an impressive turnaround for the
then struggling USA television
Network and bootstrapped New York's
WWOR-TV into the second ranked
media outlet in its market.
"At each of the companies I have run —
USA Network, WWOR-TV, Inc.,
AverStar, Inc. and now Echo Bridge
Entertainment (a film distribution com-
pany) — revenues and profits grew well
beyond industry norms; morale and
communications quickly improved; the
number of employees grew while bene-
fits improved; we became partners with
our customers; we established a strong
identity in the marketplace; and the
value of the enterprises increased."
He discovered that he was "good at
taking a group of people and working
with them to compete effectively. The
experience I had in Jakarta, years back,
taught me that one of the most power-
ful ways of leading is to create a sense
of a shared purpose. I learned to foster
a collaborative, collegial environment
where all constituencies felt invested
in the vision of the future."
"At Lasell, I see my primary job as
creating an environment where others
are empowered and comfortable to do
their best work. It's an institution
where, thanks to the leadership of
Tom de Witt, there's already a lot of
momentum. Lasell is a college on solid
financial ground in an area of the dens-
est concentration of higher education
institutions. People at the college, and
its constituencies, are passionate about
it. It screams out to me with its poten-
tial. I am confident that my style is
going to fit with the college at this
point in its development." *
A. Lasell Leaves
Lasell Welcomes the Alexanders
Standing in the Wings
Mary Barbara Alexander Gets Ready to be the First Lady of Lasell
Mary Barbara Alexander.
Vf hen you meet Mary Barbara
Alexander, don't be surprised if she's
sporting a convincing British accent...
or even a Russian one. It's not affect,
if s acting.
The genial, outgoing, soon-to-be new
first lady of Lasell is probably preparing
to do a voice over. She is, after all, a card
carrying (Actor's Equity Association,
American Federation of Television and
Radio Artists, and Screen Actor's Guild)
actor with significant credits — every-
thing from playing a Klingon on "Star
Trek: Voyager," to a stripper on the soap
opera "The Young and the Restless,"
to a French maid on "Search for
Tomorrow," to a Russian on "Law
"I got a call the other day to audition for
a voice over," she confides cheerily from
her home phone in Sherborn. "They
wanted me to play a pilgrim. Now here's
the odd part," she chuckles, "they asked
me to come in costume!" Stranger still
is that Mary Barbara Alexander can
actually fulfill such requests by taking a
quick jaunt to her basement where she
has her own mini wardrobe department.
A master of disguises, she can trans-
form herself into a credible Cleopatra in
a matter of minutes — all you have to
do is ask.
At the moment, though, Mary Barbara
Alexander is preparing for her most
important role as the wife and partner
of Michael B. Alexander. She is getting
ready to be Lasell's first lady and she
looks forward to putting her energy
and talents to good use, taking an active
role along Michael's side with students,
faculty, staff and alumni.
"We are both really thrilled about this,"
she says, with unconcealed pleasure.
"Being a college president has been
a lifelong dream for Michael. And we
love Lasell. The people I've met are
fabulous. I've felt so welcome and at
ease. I'm impressed by the devotion to
the College that people have — it's
amazing to feel that attitude.
"We met at the Battle of the Bands at
the Ohio State fairgrounds. It's a big
teen get-together and I was with a group
of people and there was Michael. I did-
n't know him so I walked up to him and
said, 'Hi, who are you?'
"I was attending a Catholic high school
where all that seemed to count was how
many of the boys could be groomed for
admission into Notre Dame. I was a
diamond in the rough and Michael
Even though Notre Dame wasn't on
her radar screen, college and a serious
education were. Michael and his Mom,
a distinguished school psychologist
who founded the National Association
of School Psychologists, joined forces
with the president of the Smith College
Club of Columbus, Ohio, to mentor
Mary Barbara through the college
behavior, to compliment her passion
for knowledge about behavior — both
human and animal.
And, like her husband's impressive list
of accomplishments, Mary Barbara's
tends to take one's breath away.
For starters, she studied the behavior of
captive gorillas at the Columbus (Ohio)
Zoo and then she thought, "Maybe I'd
better go off and save the earth."
Fade to Massachusetts, where Michael
got a job at Harvard and Mary Barbara
landed employment with former
Secretary of Environmental Affairs and
Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy, as a land
use administrator, assisting communi-
ties in acquiring conservation land
and drafting new legislation to protect
farmland from development.
Still, she dabbled in theatre. When she
landed the lead role of Lola in a Harvard
production of "Damn Yankees," Evelyn
Murphy came to see her and, impressed
with her performance said, "Kid, you're
wasting yourself in state government."
Mary Barbara didn't take much convinc-
ing. "I resigned my position, studied
voice and dance in Boston, and went
to New York to follow my dream," she
Mary Barbara and Michael met 40 years ago, when they
were in high school. "It was love at first sight," she says of
the relationship that has grown and strengthened through
36 years of marriage. The couple has a daughter, Maggie,
who is 23 and is a graduate student in Sociology at George
Washington University. tf
"I was the first generation person in
my family to go to college," says Mary
Barbara, who did them all proud by
winning a full scholarship to a Seven
Sisters' College — Smith.
She and Michael married after her
sophomore year at Smith and the two
began "our history of following each
other back and forth."
Living out her mantra, "study what you
love," Mary Barbara graduated with hon-
ors in Theatre from Smith and after a
summer off in Europe, the couple
returned to Ohio for more schooling.
Both went for their Masters' degrees,
with Mary Barbara choosing zoology,
with a concentration in primate
recalls. "We commuted between New
York and Cambridge for nine months
and then Michael got a job as the
Executive Assistant to the President
at Barnard while I struggled to get a
toehold in the acting business."
The roles began to come in and Mary
Barbara went to Los Angeles for what
was supposed to be a three-week vaca-
tion and lasted three years. To be with
her, Michael switched from educational
administration to entertainment
administration and just when things
were getting really good for her —
"with a good agent getting good work"
— Michael was offered the job to rescue
the floundering USA Network. The
couple moved back to New York. "We
The Alexander pets are a picture of harmony.
really have traded off," one supporting
the other from one career to another.
And so it has been that Mary Barbara
Alexander has fashioned a successful
life as wife, zoologist, actress, mother,
and activist. Who says you can't do
Currently, in addition to maintaining a
career in acting, she has a full schedule
of volunteer activities, from work for
the admissions office of her beloved
Smith College to serving as president
of the Sherborn Forest and Trail
Association. An environmental activist
("Do you have a 'Green Committee'
at Lasell?" she wonders.), she also is
passionate about animals — hers and
anyone else's. The Alexander household
in Sherborn is home to a 20-something
year-old pony, which she is nursing
back to health from a bout of laminitis,
the potentially devastating hoof disease
that proved to be the undoing of plucky
Other animal companions in the
Alexander constellation include
Mary Barbara's adored 29 year-old
Rhinelander horse Rosco, Michael's
Leon (a "huge" horse), two handsome
Portuguese Water Dogs named
Periwinkle and Rosinha, a stately cat
named Lyle (after Lyle Lovett), who
thinks he is a dog (see photo), and his
four other feline companions, Gus,
Jack, Tami and Koko.
"This place is like a zoo," Mary Barbara
laughs, delightedly. "We also have
Michael's mother's cat boarding with us
while she's in Florida for the winter and
a Palomino, RJ, who lives at a stable in
Medway and works as a school horse."
Favorite pastimes include cooking,
travel, dog training, horseback riding,
gardening, SCUBA diving, animals,
environmental and biological sciences,
and the arts. '*>'
Lasell Leaves ^
The Search for the Right Successor
The Search for the Right Successor
Committee of 17 Works Intensively to Find the Correct Fit
Eric Turner sleeps a little more sound-
ly these days. And well he should. The
tall, soft spoken Lasell Board trustee
and chairman of the College's
Presidential Search Committee has —
as part of a committee numbering 17 —
not only met but exceeded the objective
of searching for and signing on a new
and dynamic leader for the College.
Their final choice was Michael B.
Alexander who will be the ninth
president of Lasell.
But the achievement followed an inten-
sive 10-month process that included
sometimes weekly meetings, the
screening of candidates' letters of appli-
cation, careful review of curriculum
vitae, and interviewing and honing the
list of contenders which, after careful
discernment — individually and as a
committee — yielded a final and
Chairing the Presidential Search
Committee has been a long, Herculean
task made all the more daunting
"because the new president will replace
Lasell' s beloved and long-serving (19
years) Tom de Witt," says Eric.
"From day one I worried a little about
the committee's charge from the Board
of Trustees. What if we got it wrong?
It was an awesome responsibility. The
goal was to identify the absolutely best
person for the position. We needed to
ensure that the institution continues in
the strongest possible fashion for the
longest period of time. Overlay all of
that with the reality of trying to find a
successor for Tom de Witt, and the
extraordinary contributions he has
made to Lasell over nearly two decades,
and you get a little taste of the enormity
of the assignment," Eric remarks.
"Fortunately there were a lot of people
to support and help in the effort. The
committee itself devoted an enormous
amount of time and energy. Erik
Stapper (Chairman of the Board of
Trustees) brought significant leadership
and guidance, among many other con-
tributions. And, there was so much
help from Isaacson, Miller, the search
firm we hired, as well as from the entire
community. There were many who were
strong resources for us.
"I had never led a search before," he
continues. But the experience for him
— and for the entire Committee —
was one that he characterizes as "rich
Eric Turner, Chairman of the Presidential
"We had such a good mix of skills,
perspectives, backgrounds and ideas"
represented on the Committee. "We
had a strong charge from the Board of
Trustees to make sure that every major
constituency of the Lasell community
was represented. I think the varied back-
grounds and perspectives brought to the
table by folks worked well.
"Initially, we spent a good deal of time
laying out ground rules for our own
operation and how we were going to
work with each other. There were in
total 17 of us, including ex officio mem-
bers. That's a big group, and so it was
all the more important that people felt
that their voices would be heard, regard-
less of position or title. Everyone on the
committee had to be equal for this to
work properly. We agreed to attempt to
run the meetings as efficiently as possi-
ble in order not to waste each other's
time. We pledged to be respectful of
each other's opinions and ideas. And we
agreed that it was extremely important
that minority opinions be heard,
because they offered opportunities to
hear perspectives we might otherwise
not have considered.
"We spent time in the early weeks
educating ourselves about the search
process. We read numerous pieces on
the different aspects of a search and,
because a few members had served
on search committees before, the
Committee benefited from their
guidance on what to do and, more
importantly, what not to do. We also
solicited input from many other
individuals familiar with searches in
higher education. Ours was, I think, a
detailed and deliberate process."
The Committee's work had begun in
early April 2006 and by early June, it
had selected the search consultants.
Eric gives a special nod of appreciation to
Isaacson, Miller (IM), a firm that special-
izes in higher education and health care
searches. They were "the consultants
chosen from a universe of some three
dozen that we whittled down to three or
four. The work for the Search Committee
would have been unbelievably difficult
without them and the effort associated
with what we had to do would have been
almost unbearable. Members of the
Board of Trustees are fiduciaries for the
College and it was important for us to
have an independent third party such as
Isaacson, Miller involved to both advise
us on best practices in the search and
offer comparative information as we
made our recommendation.
"Selecting the search firm to help us
was good practice for the Committee.
It gave us an opportunity to evaluate,
deliberate and reach a consensus —
something we had to do when it came
time to actually consider candidates for
the presidency. It was a wonderful first
step before the real search efforts began.
"In hindsight, I think we did really
well, and that's a testament to the com-
mitment of the members. They were
focused and had an enormous sense
of purpose. Everyone on that committee
Eric reports that initially, Isaacson,
Miller made some 300 'touches' as
they are called — not just reaching
out to potential candidates but also
to people who might recommend
" Lasell' s pool of candidates was a combi-
nation of people who applied for the
position and those who were known to
Isaacson, Miller as being most qualified."
Isaacson, Miller did a series of tele-
phone screens and interviews in
person. "This started in the summer
after IM spent a considerable amount
of time interviewing and gathering
input from Lasell students, faculty,
staff, Villagers, alumni, trustees, over-
seers and corporators. In this way they
could really understand the institution
and, therefore, be in a position to seek
the best fit for Lasell.
"In October and November we evaluat-
ed 25 to 30 candidates, looking at
resumes, cover letters and CVs and got
down first to eight and then to four
finalists. We wanted the four to come to
campus to meet members of the Lasell
community. This gave the community a
chance to evaluate them and the candi-
dates also got the opportunity to 'kick
the tires'," he adds.
The Committee received more than
300 feedback forms on all the finalists
from the Lasell community. They were
compiled and reviewed and says Eric,
"they provided significant input for
"By all accounts, we had four great
finalists — we were very pleased. IM
counseled us to remain open-minded
throughout the entire process and this
helped us in our selection. This advice
was intended to avoid forming opinions
too early. I think it enhanced the quality
of our ultimate deliberations.
Michael Alexander was the unanimous
recommendation of the Search
Committee and was approved unani-
mously by the Board of Trustees. '¥
(L to R) Dean of Undergraduate Education Steven Bloom and Vice President for Academic
Affairs James Ostrow talk with Michael Alexander at his all-College finalist meeting.
Stimulating Intellectual Curiosity and Social Responsibility
Honors Program "Four Plus Four" Design Challenges Students
(Calculus) 2 ™ + (Component) honors =
Calculus 2 is the formula for Honors
student Gary Gay '09.
The Honors Program was established
in the fall of 2000 to raise the level
of academic discourse on campus, to
support and recognize academic
achievement, and to challenge students
and faculty to think together outside of
the box. The path that Honors students
follow is a " Four Plus Four" sequence
of four courses and four specialized
honors "components" and its successful
completion is recognized at graduation.
"We created the Program because learn-
ing is about much more than acquiring
and retaining knowledge created by
others," says President de Witt. "It is
a journey of self-discovery, of question-
ing accepted truths, of challenging
conventional wisdom, and of personal
fulfillment, all of which the Honors
Program promotes and inspires."
Over the four-year period they are at
Lasell, Honors students take one course
a year that is available only to them.
This year, part of the Freshmen
Colloquium was the "Presidential
Seminar." The topic was the role of
the military in a democracy and the
students were given reading material
before meeting with President de Witt.
The discussions centered on the draft,
the different perspectives and predica-
ments militaries pose, and the military's
responsiveness to democratic pressures.
In addition to the four required Honors
courses, the students must complete
four special projects known as "Honors
Components." When students enroll
in courses to satisfy major or core
requirements, they agree with individ-
ual professors to convert four of these to
Honors credit. The type of project varies
depending on the discipline, the course,
the student, and the professor, and
allows room for creativity and expres-
sion of the student's unique needs and
goals in that course.
"When I first decided that I wanted to
do an Honors Component in my Global
Ecology class with Dr. Stephen Sarikas,
I had no idea where to start," says Laura
Notarangelo '09, who is a Fashion and
Retail Merchandising major with an
English minor. "I was taking the class
to fulfill my science requirement and
I knew Dr. Sarikas would be supportive
about doing a component in his class.
The project we came up with put my
creative and organizational talents to
"The class discussed environmental
threats that face our world and every stu-
dent analyzed a product that contained
pesticides. With the materials that the
class gave me, I compiled a poster for
the December Connected Learning
Symposium (see p. 18). My time and
effort paid off when Dr. Sarikas and my
peers saw the final product and were
pleased with the outcome. I was at the
Symposium with my classmates and got
the opportunity to educate people on the
dangers of using pesticides and other
chemicals in their homes."
Gary Gay '09 did an Honors Component
for Math 206: Calculus with Professor
Malini Pillai. Not only did he have to
answer one extra question on all quizzes,
which tested his critical thinking to a
deeper level, he also tutored math once a
week and kept a log that was turned in
with a reflective essay.
"I built my knowledge and the experi-
ence made me a better teacher to my
peers. I now have a job tutoring mathe-
matics which has increased both my
understanding of the subject and my
confidence," says Gary.
"Another aspect of the Honors program
is its emphasis on community out-
reach," he continues. "It opens the
door to leading campus events and
makes you feel you are making a
difference. This spring we are having a
fundraiser and festival for cystic fibrosis
that we hope will raise awareness as
well as dollars."
"I am so pleased with the caliber and
variety of projects that are happening on
campus in the Honors Components,"
says Professor Stephanie Athey, director
of the Honors Program. "Students are
developing their oral communication,
writing, and critical thinking skills and
are receiving a customized education.
They are also sharing the results of their
learning with their peers and thereby
enriching us all." '«
President de Witt discusses the role of the
military with members of the freshman
Reaching Out to Poor and Homeless Children
First Year Seminar Group's Creative
Talents Put to Good Use
During a classroom discussion, the
freshmen fashion students in my First
Year Seminar (FYS) talked about how
they would like to do something for
society," says Librarian and FYS facilita-
tor Jill Shoemaker. "They wanted to
show that fashion isn't all glamour, but
can be put to useful ends and, after
hearing a public service announcement
about how many homeless children
there are, the students decided to see
how they could reach out to them."
The FYS class of Ro Frolick, director
of the Academic Achievement Center,
joined this community service project,
and the group consulted Melissa
Martin, student programs coordinator.
She suggested several non-profit organi-
zations and, after narrowing the choices
down, the students decided to get in
touch with "Cradles to Crayons," an
organization that provides homeless and
low-income children with the everyday
supplies they need to be warm, safe,
and ready to learn at school.
"A representative came and spoke to our
class," recalls Jill, "She discussed pover-
ty and the importance of reading and
family literacy and I could feel the stu-
dents' excitement grow. As a librarian, I
was thrilled with the idea of donating
books to the children and the logical
next step for the fashion students was to
design and make blankets that reflected
the theme of a particular book."
Each week the colorful blankets grew.
As the students cut and knotted the felt,
they reflected on service learning and
community involvement. '¥
The FYS class proudly displays their completed blankets. Back Row (L to R) Melinda
Proulx '10, Nga Tran '10, Melissa Higgins '10, Jordan Malizia '10, Courtney Colburne
Erin Osbome '10; 2nd row from back (L to R) Adrienne Griffith '10, Kristen Augenfeld
Joellen Nitsche '10, Sara McDermott '10, Alyssa Ruggieri '10, Raychel White '10, Zoe
Johndrow '10; yd row from back (L to R) Christopher De Muro '10, Danielle Lisko '10,
Synihia Durango '10, Justine Yandle '10, Jessica Cipri; Front row peer mentors (L to R)
Amanda Unis '09 and Katelyn Hammond 'og.
Lasell Leaves 7
Surveys, Data Input, and Analysis
Psychology Seniors Conduct
#\ student's senior internship is the
capstone of his or her four years at
Lasell," says Tabatha Torres '06, "and
when Psychology Professor Sidney
Trantham suggested that Angelica
Adams '07 and I work as his research
assistants and put together a survey for
him. we knew that we were in for quite
a fall semester."
For the freshmen First Year Seminars
(FYS). Professor Trantham runs a mod-
ule on human sexuality. In order to
discover the issues that were of most
concern to the freshmen, he wanted to
administer a survey to the FYS students
before he ran the class, so that he could
pinpoint the hot button areas.
Tabatha and Angelica's first assignment
was to refine the survey questions and
then develop a protocol for administer-
ing the survey. The next step was to
train students in Professor Trantham's
Human Sexuality class (Psychology
205) to administer the survey to the
FYS freshmen. Once the surveys were
completed, they were to input the data
onto spread sheets and then analyze
the material. This spring they are each
writing papers based on their findings.
"At first I thought, 'Oh my god, I can't
do this. It is so much work and there
are so many little pieces that we need
to put together,'" says Tabatha. "But
Angelica and I make a good team. I'm
good at inputting the data and she
prefers writing. It just flows for her."
"There were certainly a lot of details
and they take up a lot of your day,"
agrees Angelica, "starting with sending
reminder emails to the Psych 205 stu-
dents to come to training and writing
them thank you notes afterwards.
They worked in teams of two and we
went to 12 FYS seminars. We listened
to them do their script and were
there as backup. Then we took the
completed questionnaires and broke
the data down."
Angelica and Tabatha met with
Professor Trantham each week to
discuss how the project was going
and to review the updates on the
spread sheet. "I was so impressed by
their dedication and attention to detail,"
he says. "Their data showed me what
the jumping off points should be in the
different FYS seminars and enabled me
to spark debates in class."
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(L to R) Angelica Adams 'oj and Tabatha Torres '07 get together to review the data collected
There were 32 questions included in
the survey and they covered a wide area.
Students were asked if they agreed or
disagreed with such statements as
"The media promotes sexual immorali-
ty" and "Women provoke rape by their
dress or behavior."
"It was interesting to watch the students
fill out the questionnaire and see their
reactions," says Tabatha. "Some stu-
dents thought it was easy and some had
never thought about a few of the topics."
"One of the questions that we asked
ourselves as we were entering the
information was 'do attitudes cause
behavior or do behaviors cause
attitudes?'" says Angelica. "We also
wondered if we would get different
answers if we administered the survey
to these students when they are seniors
and we noted how different the respons-
es were between males and females."
"We learned so much and we were so
lucky to have had a research experience
as undergraduates," says Tabatha. "Most
students don't get this type of project
until they are in graduate school. I
wouldn't ever exchange what we did
for a clinical internship." "m
Don Winslow's Recollections Tapped
Oral History Project Part of
Student's Independent Study
If s amazing to hear Don Winslow talk
about Lasell's history and to see how
many times the College has transformed
itself," says Kevin Lawson '08. "Being
the son of Guy M. Winslow, who served
first as Assistant Principal and then as
Principal/President of the College from
1908-1947, Don has an intimate knowl-
edge of Lasell and has seen how as a
small school it has had to fluctuate with
There are many examples of how Lasell
has evolved. In 1878, the revolutionary
Domestic Science program was initiated.
Then in 1888, another innovation in
women's education was the introduction
of the military drill. In more recent
times, Lasell built its nursing program
(the first Associate Degree nursing pro-
gram in Massachusetts), and now its
fashion program is one of the best in
Kevin became hooked on Lasell's history
while serving as a peer mentor for
History Professor Denny Frey's First
Year Seminar (FYS). The topic for the
class was the history of Lasell and, for
background, Kevin read Don Winslow's
"Lasell: A History of the First Junior
College for Women."
"I was absorbed by the details in Don's
book. At the end of the semester I went
to the Archives and spoke with Librarian
Marilyn Negip," says Kevin. "She sug-
gested that I talk with Don about the
possibility of doing an oral history of
the College with him and this fit in
perfectly with the Independent Study I
was planning with Professor Frey."
Kevin's project focuses on the social
and cultural developments in the United
States from the end of WW I to the end
of the Cold War. "The oral history por-
tion with Don and his wife, Charlotte
Winslow, gives him a unique chance to
conduct primary research into the histo-
ry of women's education. It's not often
that such a special intergenerational
Kevin Lawson '08 listens while Don Winslow relates an episode from Lasell's history.
opportunity comes along," says
Professor Frey, "and, Kevin's project
also enabled me to meet the Winslows,
which was a real thrill!"
"Don has so many fascinating stories at
his fingertips," exclaims Kevin. "I am
drawn in by his descriptions of past
happenings such as the Lasell booth at
the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. We were
the only college to be chosen to be in
the Women's Building, a wonderful
advertisement for the College. I'm also
intrigued to hear stories about Robert
Frost and I learned that his poem
"A Witness Tree" was inspired by a
log from 6,000 Vermont acres that
Lasell owned at one time.
"Being able to talk with Don is a real
privilege and he makes me feel so
welcome. I'm hoping to schedule five
or six more sessions with him and
record them all. I know that most stu-
dents and even many faculty members
aren't familiar with the College's history
and now his memories will be recorded
for posterity." v
Focusing on Differences
Students Find Leadership Has Many Definitions
lnf hat makes a leader? What qualities,
strengths, and talents are needed to
work together towards a common goal?
These are some of the questions that
Professor Sharyn Lowensteirfs Honors
205 class considered over the course of
this past fall semester.
Administering the Newton school sys-
tem's Understanding Our Differences
(UOD) program was the core of the
Honors class. However, guest speakers,
a faculty panel on the topic of leader-
ship, a field trip to the Perkins School
for the Blind, and the opportunity to
demonstrate to a Lasell education class
the methods employed in teaching
UOD to third, fourth, and fifth graders
expanded the Honors students' grasp of
the skills and social responsibilities that
"To be ready to go into the Lincoln-Eliot
school and teach the program success-
fully requires training, the growth of
group leadership, and the ability to work
with others," says Professor Lowenstein.
"I wanted the class to hear first-hand
how people live with disabilities so that
they would understand the importance
of their leadership role in the UOD
program. I was fortunate to be able
to have as guest speakers Linda Hiller
and Rosemary Larking, women who live
with crippling diseases, and David Tied,
who is legally blind and works at
Newton North High School and is
also a consultant on disabilities at
"Their stories were incredible and
they allowed us to gather a small
understanding of what it is like to be
disabled," says Molly Fawcett '09.
"I found myself wanting to share what I
had learned with my family and friends.
Hearing them talk and learning about
the tools they use to make adaptations
to do everyday things made me feel
much more confident about going to
Lincoln- Eliot and explaining how
people with differences live."
"Our teaching wouldn't have been as
good if we hadn't had the speakers,"
confirms Brianna Harbick '09.
"The whole experience changed me.
Before I was quiet, but the class gave
me confidence to voice my opinion.
We all helped each other and by
working together we learned about
At the Perkins School for the Blind
the class saw an entire campus adapted
for disabilities. "I'm majoring in
Elementary Education," says Rachel
Craft '09, "and worked with special
education students over the summer.
I was so impressed by our tour of the
Perkins school that I thought I might try
and do my pre-practicum hours there.
Sadie Rebello '09 and Jamie Remmers 'og demonstrate tools that are used by the disabled to
facilitate their everyday lives.
"I found being in front of the seniors in
Professor Zeek's curriculum integration
class to be a real challenge," continues
Rachel. "I knew the Lincoln-Eliot chil-
dren would react positively to us, but I
was worried that the seniors would be
bored if we just explained what we did
in UOD. Mainstreaming disabled stu-
dents into public schools is a huge
topic and I would have preferred more
discussion. Because I want to become
a better teacher, for me the challenge
was to draw the seniors in and make it
a positive experience for everyone."
At the end of the semester, the students
in Professor Lowensteirfs class were
all pleased by the impact they had
on the Lincoln-Eliot children. "We
learned what we each could bring
forth to the table," says Erich Schiebel
'09. "Without this class, we wouldn't
have had the opportunity to find out
how satisfying it can be to impact
"Our class knocked the ball out of
the park with this one," concurs Matt
Reeves '09. '«
Connections Across the Generations
Family Lore and Traditions Explored in Cultural Heritage Project
Audrey Tepe '08 conducts an interview
with Villager Aaron Wasserman, sur-
rounded by his sculptures and art.
At the beginning of the semester,
the students in my Folklore and Folklife
class didn't fully understand the topic,"
recalls Anthropology Professor
Hortense Gerardo. "To bring it to life,
I incorporated dance, song, story, cook-
ing, and costumes into the syllabus and
I created the Cultural Heritage Project
(CHP) as the end-of-term project.
"For this, the students were to interview
someone who was at least two genera-
tions older than themselves. They were
then to present some aspect or genre of
folklore revealed to them by their inter-
viewee. The trick was to distinguish
between the folklore and the oral history
and to make it meaningful to their own
lives. I envisioned the students being
anthropologists in the field, recording
biographical data and then honing in on
a specific area."
Most of the students opted to talk with
family members and they found what
people remembered to be fascinating.
"They all honed in on something differ-
ent," says Professor Gerardo.
There were four Lasell Villagers in
Professor Gerardo's class, and they had
the dual perspective of being students
as well as interview subjects. Audrey
Tepe '08 interviewed Villager Aaron
Wasserman and the two developed a
"I'm a Fashion and Retail Merchandising
major," says Audrey, "and Aaron was in
the fashion industry and has always
been interested in art. In his retirement
he has become an accomplished sculp-
tor. As our interviews went along I knew
that for my final project I wanted to
make him a clay sculpture that would
symbolize different parts of his life.
I was touched when he told me how
pleased he was with it."
Coincidentally, while the students were
working on CHP, Professor Gerardo
learned about StoryCorps, a national
project to instruct and inspire people to
record one another's stories in sound.
"There is clearly a resurgent interest in
oral tradition and folklore," Professor
Gerardo says. "I traveled to New York to
be interviewed for StoryCorps and it
made me think what a good experience
it would be for my students.
I know that as they talked to people
born into a different generation they
were touched by how pronounced their
recollections were. The students took a
lot of time with their final projects for
CHP and they surprised the recipients
by their depth and understanding." '«
Lasell Leaves Q
A Unique Learning Experience
Team Teaching Brings Two Viewpoints to Students
Taking a class taught by two profes-
sors opened up the field of psychology
to me," says Psychology major Molly
Fawcett '09, a student in Brain Function
and Dysfunction that was team taught
by Professors Sidney Trantham and
Amy Wagenfeld this fall. "I had taken a
class with Professor Wagenfeld, so I
knew her specialty was occupational
therapy and developmental psychology.
Professor Trantham' s area is neuropsy-
chology and I had never been exposed
to this before."
"We had equal responsibility for
teaching, each interjecting our area of
expertise," explains Professor Trantham.
"With both of us there the students get
a lot. We share information with them
and with each other and the students
can see that we approach some subjects
from a different perspective. We feel
free to disagree and it's good for the
students to see that professors can have
differences. We're not always on the
same page, but we can have a dialogue."
When putting the class together,
the aim of the two professors was to
create a learning experience that linked
the classroom, hands-on lab "like"
activities, field trips, and community
resources. "We wanted the students
to have the opportunity to supplement
and enhance their academic knowledge
of current neuroscience issues by
participating in a semester long course
that linked community resources and
classroom learning experiences," says
"The professors always backed up lec-
tures with field trips," says Humanities
major Lynn Tornabene '08. "This made
things click. It was a difficult course for
me. There was a lot of reading and the
terminology was new to me. But both
professors were very willing to help,
they would email me right back, and
were great resources."
Guest speakers visited the class and
field trips were taken. At the OTA-
Watertown, where sensory integration
At the OTA-Watertown, the students and Professor Trantham take a break before using the
therapy services are offered, the
Lasell students were invited to use
the clinic's equipment.
"The children spend their therapy ses-
sions doing activities, and by actually
climbing, touching, and balancing as
they do, it opened our mind to their
needs," recalls Psychology major
Stephanie Rich '07.
Throughout the semester the students
were challenged to recognize the role
and importance of neuroscience in
furthering their understanding of
how the brain influences behavior. '«
Bosnia's Cultural Heritage Burned
Lasell Librarian Part of Rebuilding Team at Monastic Library
I knew that 90 percent of Sarajevo's
National and University Library had
been destroyed," says Lasell Librarian
Lydia Pittman, "but until I saw it last
summer, I couldn't imagine the scale of
destruction that this figure represented.
The Library was shelled and burned
during the war in 1992. In 2006, the
building was still completely gutted.
"The Serbian nationalists bombarded
the Library in an attempt to erase histo-
ry. They wanted to eliminate a culture, a
nation's memory. When I learned about
Builders for Peace, a volunteer group
that travels to Bosnia annually with col-
lege students and faculty members to
assist with reconstruction projects, I
saw it as an incredible service learning
opportunity, particularly in my capacity
as a librarian." Recognizing that this
would be an invaluable professional
development experience, Lasell awarded
Lydia a Putnam Grant, which covered
"The service project I was assigned to
was to rebuild a monastic library in the
war-ravaged town of Fojnica, which is
about an hour from Sarajevo," explains
Lydia. Before heading to the monastery,
the group met with key figures from the
National Library and talked about a
strategy for approaching the rebuilding
of Bosnian libraries.
"One of the objectives was to collect the
material from smaller libraries, take an
inventory, make sure that the books
were safe from further mold and
destruction, and then publicize and
make the books accessible to the aca-
demic community," explains Lydia.
The Fojnica Francisan library has a
collection of 40,000 books, which
include rare and antique materials
vital to the history of the region and
date back to 1481.
"For the past six years, the Franciscans
have been working on a new library,"
says Lydia, "and the books have been
stored in adverse conditions susceptible
to mold, rodent damage, and other haz-
ards. We wanted to find out what the
library had, so our top priority was to
inventory the books. We called it cata-
loging, but it was very rudimentary.
It was more of a triage operation."
Except for two recent graduates from
the University of Sarajevo's undergradu-
ate library school, Lydia was the only
librarian in the volunteer group. They
put together the attack plan, but after a
day they had to revise their approach.
"Initially, we wanted to separate the
books into three categories: unsalvage-
able, needs repair, and good to go," says
Librarian Lydia Pittman inspects a book before cataloging it.
Lydia. "However, almost instantly we
discovered that 90 percent of the books
needed professional restoration and
repair, so we rethought our approach.
"We divided into two groups and the vol-
unteers who were lead by one Bosnian
library school graduate became the man-
ual labor group. They sorted the books,
removing the moldy ones that would be
harmful to the others. They dusted the
salvageable books off, did a preliminary
sorting, and then sent them to my
group, which was working in the
"We were the catalogers, and we slowly
inputted the information into a data
base. It was a real cooperative effort. At
the end of my time there, we had done
600 entries and using the system that
we created, the worked continued
throughout the summer culminating in
over 3000 entries input by Americans
and native Bosnians.
"When I left, I felt that by beginning
the cataloging we had made a step
towards supplementing the cultural
history that had been destroyed.
I was pleased to be able to use my skills
to make a positive contribution." »
IO Lasell Leaves
Fifth Anniversary of Shoulder to Shoulder Program
Cultural Immersion and Community Service in Mexico
This is the fifth year that Lasell stu-
dents have had the opportunity to travel
to Mexico in January for what they
would describe as a profound and life-
changing experience. "It's the hardest
but best thing at Lasell," says Jessica
Vivona '09, who not only went on the
trip but is also one of two students
interning for Mexico Shoulder to
Shoulder. "It was physically demanding
and emotionally draining while at the
same time fun. Most importantly, I
think, this service learning experience
was eye-opening and deeply affecting."
Busy digging the foundation for the
Colorado Yoval family's new house are
(Top) Ricardo Sanon '08, (second row
L to R) Jessica Vivona '09, Ashley Baril
'08, and (front row L to R) Librarian
and On-Site Coordinator Lydia Pittman,
Chelsea Comeau '08, and Demetrick
Photo by Professor Sharyn Lowenstein.
The 10 students who participated in the
program this year returned to campus
wanting to share what they had learned
about Mexican culture, global poverty,
and service with the rest of the campus.
They formed "Education Teams" of
two to five students who have visited
classrooms around campus to introduce
students to what they saw and learned
on the trip.
"Some of the points we want to include
in our presentation are the differences
in the levels of poverty between the US
and Mexico, the barriers to education in
rural Mexico, the lack of opportunities
there, and the unemployment," says
Mabel Valenzuela '07, also an intern
with Shoulder to Shoulder. "Our
personal experiences with Mexican
communities opened our eyes and
changed our viewpoints and we
want to share this with the rest of
the student body."
The razing of a shanty in Coatepec that
housed 16 family members of the
Colorado Yoval family was one such
experience. "It took only 30 minutes
and a lot of acrobatics to tear it down,"
says John Dain '09. "It was a strange
feeling, but our goal was to replace it
with a sturdy block house. We con-
tributed towards supplies such as
cement, picks and shovels and all the
neighbors came and helped. Working so
closely with the members of the village
helped us understand the many factors
that sustain their poverty."
The poor standard of living was some-
thing the group was continuously
exposed to and, for the first time, the
Lasell students had the opportunity to
attend an extended class session whose
topic was "What is Poverty? How Can
We End It?" with 45 University of
Veracruz students. "It was the most
memorable part of the trip for me," says
Being exposed to such a dynamic educa-
tion situation is just one of the "firsts"
for 2007. "The program is continually
evolving," says Program Director
Stephanie Athey. "Each year has
brought new developments in what is
now a rich and multifaceted year-round
relationship with our two study sites
in Mexico. For example, over the course
of this past year, four of the Mexican
program coordinators traveled to the
U.S. to spend short and long term stays
in Massachusetts, studying, presenting
or teaching at Lasell. This opportunity
for truly reciprocal cultural exchange
not only deepens the commitment
and understanding of our Mexican
partners, but it extends the program's
impact on faculty and students at
To celebrate Shoulder to Shoulder's
fifth anniversary, a special ceremony
was held in Mexico to formally recog-
nize the many committed partners,
businesses, officials and families who
have made the program such a success.
Founding Director Professor Helen
Alcala was singled out for special praise
and there was a ceremony honoring the
11 sixth graders who have earned small
scholarships from Lasell's student-run
non-profit Nifios de Veracruz.
"To make education available to these
children is what it's all about," says
Jessica Vivona. "After sixth grade,
school is no longer free in Mexico and,
at this point, the children can be put to
work. Their worth as laborers is more
important to their families than their
education. It's part of the poverty cycle.
(L to R) Jessica Vivona '09, Chelsea Comeau '08 and John Dain '09, members of the
Mexico "Education Team, " make a class presentation.
The dollars that Nifios de Veracruz can
raise to establish scholarships to break
this chain is our way of contributing.
It takes only $200 to send a child
"The cultural immersion and commu-
nity service projects that go along with
Shoulder to Shoulder expose students
to the complex issues of global econom-
ics and social justice," says Professor
Athey. "They gain new respect and
cultural sensitivity for our neighbor's
culture, history and lifestyle." ^
It was physically demanding
and emotionally draining
while at the same time
fun. Most importantly,
I think, this service learning
experience was eye-opening
and deeply affecting.
-Jessica Vivona '09
Ninos de Veracruz sponsors a day of leaf raking to raise money for its scholarship fund.
Lasell Leaves II
Thomas E.J. de Witt Living
and Learning Center Dedicated
Lasell Fashion Department
Hosts Student Research Forum
During an afternoon intermission
at the October 23, 2006 Annual
Meeting of the Lasell College Boards of
Trustees. Corporators, and Overseers,
the Lasell Village community dedicated
Town Hall to President Tom de Witt.
Now known as the Thomas E. J. de Witt
Living and Learning Center at Lasell
Village, the new moniker is a testimoni-
al to Tom's vision, determination, and
commitment to a unique retirement
setting in which an active intellectual
lifestyle is its cornerstone.
In addition to Board members and con-
stituents from campus, the event was
attended by dozens of Village residents
paying tribute to Tom's leadership in the
management of Lasell Village and his
tireless dedication to their well-being.
Special remarks of appreciation were
offered by Erik Stapper, Village resident
and Chairman of the College Board of
Trustees, Jack Leonard, Trustee of Lasell
College and Lasell Village and Dr.
Freddy Frankel, Lasell Village Trustee
The words of Dr. Frankel reflected the
feelings of all who were present.
"I am honored to sing the praises of a
living legend whom I much admire. In
addition to his intellectual gifts, Tom is
a man of vision, highly creative, and
well equipped to lead. With his tenacity
he is masterful at overcoming obstacles,
but he is also willing to change. If one
The dedication brings smiles to President
de Witt and Patti Beck Bishop 'gy,
president of the Board of Management.
looks back at the history of the Village,
the blue-print could not have been cast
in stone; rather, it seems, he had to be
able to meet a brick-wall and turn right
or left to get round it. I could not but
develop deep respect and a fondness
for this remarkable man.
As a resident delighted to be living in
Lasell Village, I have long recognized
that the College and the Village are
in a marriage, and there is no option
for divorce." ¥
5tudents from area colleges and
universities, both undergraduate
and graduate, came to Yamawaki
this February to present their current
academic work. "The participants were
all studying some aspect of costume,
textiles, fashion, or a related area,"
explains Fashion Professor Jill Carey.
She and Professors Joan Morris and
Lynn Blake mentored the student
work for this forum, the first academic
symposium that the Lasell Fashion
Department has hosted. The College
sponsored the event for the Costume
Society of America.
The presentations were varied, ranging
from costume design, fashion history
research papers, and graduate disserta-
tions. Graduate students from Harvard
University and undergraduates from
Bay State College, Framingham State
and Lasell were present. All were
evaluated by a panel of scholars and
educators in the field, as well as by
audience members, in an effort to
enrich each student project.
Professors Blake, Carey, and Morris
were the curators of the gallery exhibit
that ran in conjunction with the sympo-
sium. The exhibit was titled "The
Costume Workshop" and illustrated the
discourse of function and fantasy, trend
and originality, reality and imagination
by juxtaposing non-textile student
designs with selected vintage items
from the Lasell Museum Collection. ¥
Stephanie Rossi 'og and Casey
Sullivan 'og present their research
paper titled "Queen Elizabeth, A
Living Example of Renaissance Art.
President de Witt unveils the plaque above Town Hall's front door.
Two examples of non-textile designs that were part of the gallery exhibit are (L to R)
Christina DeLuca's '08 garment made from tissue paper and plastic and Erica Desautels' 'og
dress made of rubber gloves and bio hazard tape.
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Camilla Roy Jewett will be 96 in August
and is still enjoying life. Best wishes for
a happy birthday from the Office of
Our sincere condolences to Ruth Keyes
Murdaugh on the death of her sister,
Dorothy Keyes '38, in September.
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Our sincere condolences to Doris Barry
Ponte on the death of her husband,
John, in November.
Lucille LaRiviere Disbrow and her hus-
band, Edward, celebrated their 66th
wedding anniversary surrounded by
friends and four generations of family.
Lucille moved to California in 1950.
Advice on how to select a new president
for Lasell from Eleanor Black: "Be sure
to find a clone of Tom de Witt."
After 28 years in Orlando, Betty Gorton
Collier moved north to a retirement
complex in Exeter, NH, to be near a
son and daughter. She says, "After two
weeks I considered myself settled.
It is delightful to be out of the hot
and humid weather, and I look forward
to the cool and cold crisp days in New
England once again." Before her big
move, Betty, two daughters, and a
granddaughter visited Scotland. She
says, "It was a wonderful week for all
Jeanne Franklin Bates is spending the
winter in Naples, FL. She has been in
touch with Sarah Cross Finigan. Jeanne
says, "We both hope to visit Lasell for
our 60th reunion."
Mary-Ida Hanson Olson traveled to
Antarctica. She reports, "It was an
amazing trip if you have the stamina.
There is nothing like it anywhere else."
"I am still doing water exercising,"
writes Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt.
Joyce Hayes Whitman and her husband
live year-round in Montauk on Long
Island. Joyce says, "The Atlantic
Ocean is in front of us." Joyce is a
Linda Koempel Tompkins writes,
"We sold our boat last year so we are
adjusting to our new life. We are
traveling more and still having fun."
Our sincere condolences to Joanna
Lamb Kingsley who was widowed in
"My husband and I retired to sunny
Tucson 13 years ago and love being
southwestemers," writes Florence
Lomasney Saltzman. "Our three sons
and two grandsons live on the east coast
but we visit frequently."
Joanne McMillan Mars and her hus-
band moved to a retirement home in
central Virginia. Joanne writes, "We
have a great view of a large pond with
lots of wildlife to watch."
Barbara Stickle Mode says, "I hope to
see all my classmates at reunion."
Our sincere condolences to Anita
Triantafel Hatzis on the death of her
husband in April 2006. Anita writes,
"I have a lovely family and four beauti-
Jane Upton Patten is regretfully unable
to attend her 60th reunion. She writes,
"To those of you who will be there,
may you be as happy as I was when I
attended my 50th." Jane says she was
fortunate to see her daughter, Sandra
Perkins Jones '65, graduate from Lasell.
Jane and her husband have been enjoy-
ing retirement for the past eight years.
They are also continuing the tradition of
entertaining family and friends at their
summer home on the lake. She says,
"The grandchildren learned to swim,
fish, row, and water ski. Now the grand-
children's children are beginning to
arrive, and the cycle will begin again."
Our sincere condolences to Joan Eaton
Friborg on the death of her husband
The Alumni Relations Office wishes to
thank Bubbles Davenport Weidmann
for her generosity in hosting the
Aventura, FL alumni event in February.
Alice Johnson Thornton and her hus-
band moved to a retirement center in
West Seattle, right on Puget Sound.
Alice says, "This is quite a change from
our home in Naples, FL. We have a
daughter and son-in-law nearby and
our son and his family live about two
Our sincere condolences to Nancy
Curtis Grellier on the death of her
husband, Bill, in November.
Our sincere condolences to Marilyn
Weeden Davidson on the death of her
husband. Marilyn has a part-time job
in an upscale market sampling their
expensive side dishes. She says, "It is
fun and helps to pay for the numerous
repairs on my house." For the holidays,
Marilyn flew to Vermont to spend time
with a daughter and son.
Our sincere condolences to Janet White
MacLure on the death of her husband
Anne Blake Perkins is surrounded by her six grandchildren all sporting Lasell College
Our sincere condolences to Virginia
Hopson Griffin on the death of her
cousin, Ethel "Lu" Griffin Browning '55,
In October, Carolyn Snook Rauscher
stopped by to see Lasell on her trip to
Maine. She had this to say: "So many
changes since my last visit. While
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Draper is no longer a Lasell house, it
still looks good. Sure miss the old Barn.
It has been over 50 years. Keep up the
good work on the campus."
The Alumni Relations Office wishes
to thank Joanne Monahan Garrity and
her husband Tom and Jo-Ann Vojir
Massey and her husband. Trustee
Dwight, for their generosity in hosting
the Tarpon Springs and Naples, FL
alumni events, respectively. Both events
were held in February.
Phyllis Gleason Riley and her husband
still enjoy traveling. In 2006 they went
to Africa and Mexico, in 2007 to Japan
and Greece. They also travel to northern
California to see their daughter and her
family and to Charlotte, NC to see their
son and his family. According to Phyllis,
"It keeps us busy."
Gloria O'Dwyer Miller is enjoying
retirement. She has five children and
The Alumni Relations Office wishes
to thank Bobbie Trout Krohn and her
husband Jim for their generosity in
hosting the Longboat Key, FL alumni
event in February.
Shirley Vara Gallerani and her husband
purchased a home in Naples, FL, and
will be spending the winter months
there. Shirley admits, "We are trying to
avoid the cold, snow, and wind on Cape
Cod." Shirley continues, "It is especially
nice since my sister, June Vara Todaro
'61, lives in Naples as well as many
Cape Cod friends." This summer,
Shirley got together with Mary Ann
Donahue and Janet Gleason Nolan.
"We had a good time catching up."
Shirley also went to visit Bev Thornton
Hallowell. Bev is hoping that with phys-
ical therapy she will be able to return to
her assisted-living home. Shirley says,
"Bev looks wonderful and is her usual
cheerful and positive self. I know she
would love to hear from Lasell friends."
Shirley concludes, "I hope to see all of
you at our 55th reunion in 2008!"
From Honolulu, an update from Bobbie
Jennings: "I recently organized an
Aging in Place' program which helps
older seniors find ways to remain at
home. I was also in charge of the yacht
club publicity when we hosted two
sailors who were circumnavigating the
world. Just when I complete one project
another crops up. I love it all, but I do
miss having free time to head out yon-
"After 36 years in Walnut Creek, CA,
we decided to buy a townhome in
Williamsburg, VA. Before making a
final decision to move back to the east
coast, we will travel to Virginia three or
four times to experience the different
seasons and check it out. My sister,
June Valter Harding '58, also lives
there," writes Marilyn Valter Maclay.
"I hope to see Lasell classmates more
often and visit the Lasell campus in the
An update from Cynthia Clark Rose-
Frazee: "All of Hurricane Charley's
damage has finally been fixed. I am
busy playing golf, taking care of my
dog and cat, and enjoying life with my
Charlie Killam Moller recently jour-
neyed back to Africa to enjoy her second
2-week safari in Botswana and South
Africa. She says, "Africa seems to lure
many folks back there time and time
again, and I am one of those folks."
"Still enjoying our good life in Florida
and Maine along with some traveling,"
writes Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder.
Two Cape Codders, Carol Swartz Kumin
and Cam Carlson Ellsworth, keep up
with each other by phone. Carol keeps
(L to R) the Burds (Gail Winalski), the Oswalds (Judy Veldt), the Morgans (Jeanne
Bradner), the Glovers (Gail Seibert).
busy with garden club and women's
club. She sends best regards to the
Class of '57.
Linda Braslow Lefkowitz writes,
"My husband and I finally became
grandparents in 2006."
Laurie Ferrante Cannon is a breast can-
cer survivor for nine years now. Along
with her passion and determination to
never give up, keep busy, and support
the Breast Cancer Foundation, Laurie
has added her passion for knitting into
the equation. She started making pink
scarves using very large needles and
wore one of her scarves to a support
group. They were well received. Laurie
now has a website, www.itsafichu.com,
designed by her son, where she adver-
tises her scarves.
"I'm traveling, playing golf, and doing
some of the things I didn't have time
for during a long career with Monsanto
Chemical Company," writes Pat Graff
Willoughby. "I just returned from Laos,
Vietnam, and Cambodia and am look-
ing forward to my next trip to see the
Monarch butterflies in Mexico."
Faith Bowker-Maloney retired in 1996
and took custody of four grandchildren
in 1997. She says, "In my spare time I
hope to write a book entitled, "Life is
what happens when you are making
other plans." She continues, "I hope to
see many classmates at our 50th. Start
planning now. Let's make it the best."
Our sincere condolences to Barbara
McAlary Kashar on the death of her
father in September.
After 22 years as a kindergarten teacher
and five years as a first-grade teacher,
Caroline Heck Crane retired in May
2005. Caroline's children live in
Washington and Massachusetts so she
spends time each year driving or flying
to visit them. Caroline's son got married
in August 2006 and that made Caroline
an instant grandparent to two children.
She writes, "Our third child is Sam, our
black lab." Caroline says she would
enjoy hearing from Lasell friends.
Dee Orben Campbell writes, "We sold
our New Jersey lake house and will be
doing more traveling. I am celebrating
my 16th year with Mary Kay Cosmetics.
I also do lots of volunteer activities."
This past fall, Linda Resnick Baer got
together with former roommate Judy
Katzoff Holthe who was visiting from
California. In early October, Linda made
good use of the 2-1/2 hour layover at the
Philadelphia airport and met Sheila Keil
for dinner. Later that month, Linda
moved from New Hampshire to the
Wilmington, NC area.
Arlene Royko O'Connor is still with
the Bristol VNA. She is enjoying her
first grandchild who turned one in
December. Arlene says, "Hi to my
Mary McDermott Muir accepted the
position of Wellness Director for the
Center for Cancer Support & Education
in Arlington, MA. She is a trained
Mind Body Therapist, Expressive Arts
Facilitator, and Reiki Practitioner. Mary
also has had an individual counseling
practice since the early 1980s.
Recently attending their 50th high school reunion in Connecticut were Bev Dansky
Singer, Betty Anderson Fairchild, Michele Poirier Gorman '60 (who married one of
their classmates), Jan McPherson Pretto, Gail Winalski Burd, and Carol Christopher.
1A. Lasell Class Notes
In a past issue ofLasell Leaves,
Margo Hicks Waite '63 read that
Linda Strecker Thorn '62 and her
husband, Ed, live aboard their lobster
cruiser, "Sea Smoke, " and travel the
intra-coastal waterway from Florida
to Rhode Island. Similarly, Margo
and her husband, Rob, own a lobster
boat, "West Wing," and cruised from
Newport to Florida. Margo says,
"Thanks to Lasell Leaves Class Notes,
I was able to track down Linda, and
the two of us have connected."
The Alumni Relations Office wishes to
thank Annette Willock Becker and her
husband Robert for their generosity in
hosting the Delray Beach, FL alumni
event in February.
"Many years have gone by since I was at
Lasell, but of all the colleges I attended
(BA from Tufts University, MEd from
Cambridge College), Lasell was the best
and gave me the foundation to learn,"
writes Susie DeWilde.
"I am planning to retire in May 2007
after working for 38 years at the
Kennedy Space Center," writes Susan
Baxter Brown. "I am looking forward
to spending more time with my
family, especially my grandchildren,
Susan LiUywhite is now retired and a
landlord. She writes, "My life partner,
David, and I built our dream home on
a piece of land directly on the sea in
Jamaica, West Indies. We live there at
least half the year. We have also adopted
a Jamaican family. I became a mother,
grandmother, and great-grandmother
without a labor pain."
Martha Borawski, president of Pioneer
Valley Travel in Northampton, MA, was
honored as one of the 100 top women-
led businesses in Massachusetts for
2005 and 2006.
The Alumni Relations Office wishes to
thank Elizabeth Ensor Garcia and her
husband Adolfo for their generosity in
hosting the Palm Beach, FL alumni
event in February.
Our sincere condolences to Betsey
Shurtleff Winter on the death of her
Donna Boudreau Carpenter who lived in
Pickard House remembers the days
when "the Barn was a hangout, the
Lasell choir sang with the Boston Pops,
and the students and faculty had a sit-in
to protest the Vietnam War."
Cynthia Scalzi Brown's daughter gradu-
ated magna cum laude from Cornell
University and her son is a sophomore
at Ithaca College.
"After 15 years as the owner of a whole-
sale jewelry company, I retired at the
end of December 2006," writes Nancy
Zuber Perry. "I plan to spend time
traveling with my husband, doing volun-
teer work, and taking some classes.
I am really looking forward to some
Sue Clark Miller writes, "I am moving
again. My husband took a job in Santa
Monica, and he and my 20-year old son
are living out there. I am staying in
South Carolina until my 16-year-old
finishes high school. Sue is working
at the local Chamber of Commerce.
She says, "I can't wait to get back into
Environmental Education. I am tired of
the heels and look forward to my hiking
boots!" Sue asks, "Hawthorne and
Bragdon/McClelland roomies '73 and
'74, I would love to hear from you.
Where are you, and what are you doing
An update from Laura Kaplan Ouellet:
"Four years ago I moved to Colorado
Springs with my husband Mark. I work
on the nursing staff for a dermatologist
and love living in the foothills of the
beautiful Rocky Mountains. My oldest
son was married last year and is serving
in the U.S. Army.
"To the class of 1977, please clear out
your calendars and plan to come to
Boston this spring for our 30th reunion.
No excuses. The weatherman promises
that it will not snow unlike the gradua-
tion weekend in May 1977," writes
Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon. "Does anyone
remember Women's Week and when the
author of the book, 'Our Bodies Our
Selves,' came to speak?" Lynn has
already heard from Meg Benoit Sapia
who has promised to come. Other news
from Lynn: "My daughter will be a
freshman at Lasell this coming fall."
In October, the pictures and photo-
graphs by artist Sandra Beraha were
the featured works in a gallery in Quito,
Ecuador. On opening night, Sandra
said, "Lots of people came and applaud-
ed. There were some prospective buy-
ers. I also received news for another
Donna Kelly- Williams is a vice presi-
dential candidate for the Massachusetts
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"We will be having our 25th reunion
in 2008," reminds Caroline Knoener-
Skowronek. "For those of us who attend
every five years (Sue Senofonte Preis,
Julia Schaum Ortale, Joan O'Connor,
and Lisa Adams Edwards), we have a
really good time. Put the past in the
past, and come and have a great time!
See you soon."
Tara O'Leary O'Donovan is the market-
ing manager for Bake 'n Joy Foods. She
has been with the company for 12 years.
In her spare time she practices yoga
several times a week.
Our sincere condolences to Heather
Putnam Goliber on the loss of her
mother, Jane Chevers '60, in
Kristen Walsh Ward, who lives in
Missouri, is a stay-at-home mom
and has two daughters.
"Turned the big 40 in December,"
writes Zena Perez de Lemos. "I am
enjoying life with my husband of 16
years and my three beautiful children.
An update from Susan Merz: "I am
teaching kindergarten in Providence,
RI. I am also having the best time
selling Mary Kay cosmetics. You will
receive a free gift from me if you make
a purchase online and mention you are
a Lasell alumna."
Deb Lestch is working at a preschool in
Lexington, MA. Her co-teacher is Ruth
Willoughby Walton '69.
Jami Zaiatz Stebbins and her husband,
Eric, are living in Middleboro, MA.
A stay-at-home mom, Jami says, "It is
truly my calling." Regarding her son
and daughter, she admits, "We couldn't
ask for more."
Andrea Vlahos Ober writes, "My full-
time job is working at a day program
for adults with mental retardation. My
part-time job is a patient coordinator at
a dental office."
Two Lasell classmates attended
Siobhan Smith Stoney's wedding in
August. (L to R) Andrea Kimball '04,
Siobhan's husband Rich Stoney, and
Sarah King Cherington '02
"I finished my Master's degree from
Simmons College School of Social
Work," writes Shelby Derissaint, "and
am currently working at a small Charter
School in Boston."
Carrie Trombley Gardner writes, "I am
still in my hometown of Bennington,
VT. I have just made a job change from
third-grade teacher to reading teacher
because it gives me more time at home.
We own our own home, and things
Brittany Jackson '01 and Lawens
Fevrier tied the knot in 2006.
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Karina Fontanez has accepted the posi-
tion of Development Associate in the
Alumni and Development Office at
Regis College in Weston, MA.
"Let me know what you are up to,"
says David Mclnnis.
Alicia Cranford Corrigan is working at
a preschool in Lexington, MA.
From Fort Worth, TX, Molly Merchant,
Senior Analyst Accountant with
American Airlines, writes, "I am about
to sit for the first of the 4-part CPA
exam, and I purchased my first home.
I have been fortunate because it seems
that there are opportunities behind
every door through which I come.
1 started my MBA before I moved to
Texas, and now I would like to go back
full-time and do the whole 2-year MBA
program. If I come back to Boston my
first choice would be the Sloan School."
An update from Mary Pat Smyth: "I
have been working full-time as a special
education para-professional since gradu-
ating from Lasell. In my spare time,
I created Smyth and Company, an
online store that designs and produces
fine quality, handmade, special occasion
dresses and accessories for girls. I
design all the clothing and accessories.
You can visit my store at
Nicole Spaulding is an athletic trainer
with the Mulrenan Physical Therapy
Clinic in Wobum, MA. She is a "first
responder" when sports-related
injuries occur at Woburn Memorial
In November, Jessica Leporacci accepted
the position of wedding coordinator for
the Stateroom in Boston. '«
Save These Dates:
Upcoming Alumni Events
Throughout the year, the new President,
Michael Alexander, and members of the
Institutional Advancement staff will be
traveling around the country to meet with
alumni from all class years at Lasell gather-
ings. It's a chance to meet and network
with other alumni in your geographic area
while also hearing the latest information
about Lasell. The office creates and mails .
all invitations. Please contact the Alumni
Relations Office if you can help to provide
ideas, organize an event, etc.
Our contact information is:
1844 Commonwealth Avenue,
Newton, MA 02466-2716.
2007 REUNION/COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND at Lasell
College campus — Friday - Sunday, May 18-20 — All Alumni
are invited to attend Alumni Weekend '07, especially those
whose year ends in "2" or "7."
Red Sox at Fenway Park -
Monday, June 16, 3:55 p.m., Bertucci's 2:30 p.m.
Red Sox at Fenway Park -
Monday, August 13, 7:05 p.m., Bertucci's 5:30 p.m.
Red Sox at Fenway Park -
Wednesday, September 5, 7:05 p.m., Bertucci's 5:30 p.m.
Cocktail reception at the home of Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 in
Madaket on Nantucket Island, MA. Wednesday July 18, 5 - 7 p.m.
ARE YOU GOLD?
the Last Decade
Lasell hosted a Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) reception on March 2g. The recent
graduates caught up with classmates, networked, and learned what's happening at Lasell.
ICE CREAM SUNDAE Party
Sponsored by Sodcxo
Lasell CAMPUS CENTER ~ 1st floor
Saturday, May 19, 2007
4 — 5 p.m.
More info on all reunion events (p>
President Tom de Witt
A Tisket a Tasket...A Fune/raising Basket
Lasell Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring a raffle of Theme Gift Baskets
during Reunion Weekend to raise funds for the Alumni
Baskets are displayed on the www.lasellalumni.org web site to
allow folks to view them in advance. So get creative! Possible
• Movie Night Basket
• Car Care Basket
• Sports Basket
• Spa Basket
For more information, please contact Emily Alter, Assistant
Director, Alumni Relations, (617) 243-2467.
Lasell Class Notes
Susan Merz '93 to Jim Cambio
Amy Kohut '95 to Corey Farina
Jarrod VanDerwerken '02 to
Amy Cooley '03 to Ryan Ebeling
Karina Fontanez '03 to Phillip Holmes
Amanda Frenette '03 to Justin Whitfield
Matthew Hutchinson '03 to Jessica
Bryan Silveira '03 to Stephanie
Tanya Barbosa '04 to Michael
Amy Pilat '04 to Michael Weksner
Serena Rusack '04 to Rui Serrazina
Alana Santillo '04 to Stephen Carvelli
Amy Sprague '04 to Soren Sundberg
Stephanie Svolis '05 to Bryan Silveira '03
Jessica Leporacci '05 to Matthew
Elizabeth D'Esopo '06 to Chris Bauch
Sylvie Norian '06 to Emil Yeghiaian
Judie Adams '61 to Jerry Darling
Susan Shaw Long '64 to Charles Ady
on October 21, 2006
Anne Ames Heimbach '66 to T. Owen
Butler on November 11, 2006
Susan Boles '74 to Anthony Burnham
on June 10, 2006
Darlene Leason '84 to Michael Cote
on June 25, 2006
Stacey Farrar '95 to Derek Robinson
on September 23, 2006
Sonia Provost '98 to Erik Pasters on
April 8, 2006
Aimee Abdallah '00 to Neil Huntemann
on September 16, 2006
Cynthia Brown '01 to Jason Fram on
July 14, 2006
Brittany Jackson '01 to Lawens
Siobhan Smith '01 to Rich Stoney
on August 26, 2006
Andrea Vlahos '01 to Nicholas Ober
on September 30, 2006
Nicole Arvanigian '02 to Daniel Apelian
Lawens Fevrier '02 to Brittany
Cyrina McDonald '03 to Dan Kinahan
on September 30, 2006
Carla Mercurio '03 to Josh Cross '03
in August 2006
Alicia Cranford '04 to Justin Corrigan
on November 19, 2006
Stacy Shriro Mocciaro '88, a daughter,
Addison Payge, on November 6, 2006
Nicole Positano White '96, a son, Jacob
Nicholas, on October 23, 2006
Stacy Rawson Sheldon '98, a son, Brady
Alexander, on January 25, 2007
Jaime Johnson Burge '99, a son,
Christopher Ryan, on August 26, 2006
Carrie Trombley Gardner '02, a son,
Lucas Xavier, on October 8, 2006
Virginia Wood Clark '26
on December 23, 2006
Ruth Hutton '27
Lorraine Clark Wein '31
on September 5, 2006
Jeanne Price Crye '32
on December 1, 2006
Cecelia Zelasko Craig x-'33
on October 29, 2006
Helen Joyce Cardozo '33
on January 5, 2007
Jean Gilbert Carley '34
on November 11, 2006
Margaret "Peg" McKeon Barry '34
on August 3, 2006
Elizabeth Clark Stillman '35
on December 1, 2006
Virginia Hall Warren '36
on June 15, 2006
Dorothy Paine Chaucer '36
on December 8, 2006
Ruth Baber Lounsbury '37
Lucille Huse Chappell '37
in November 2006
Barbara Potter Fyfe '37
on August 1, 2006
Florence Kent Parks '38
on December 18, 2006
Dorothy Keyes '38
on September 7, 2006
Miriam Nye Newcomb '38
on July 9, 2006
Audrey Slawson Drake '38
on July 20, 2006
Eltress Huber Means '39
on February 1, 2007
Ellen O'Connell Smith '39
on September 29, 2006
Barbara Small Walsh '39
on January 12, 2007
Janice Donavan Neal '40
on October 31, 2006
Janice Thomas '40
on January 20, 2007
Jane Abbott Wiederhold '41
on January 18, 2007
Dorothy O'Neil Rafferty '41
on July 11, 2006
Gertrude Royce Johnson '41
on January 13, 2006
Betty McDow Darcy '42
on December 17, 2006
Phyllis Reinhardt Gorman '42
on September 14, 2006
Barbara Walworth Starr '42
on October 9, 2006
Doris O'Connor Adams '43
on January 31, 2007
Jean Perry Thompson '43
on September 21, 2006
Barbara Staples Virgie '44
on October 4, 2006
Grace Rayfuse '46
on September 2, 2006
Marcia Kesseli Allen '47
Jane Edsall Jacobs '48
on February 24, 2006
Carol Cedergren Salerno '49
on December 27, 2006
Barbara Potier Grzebien Grey '49
on January 20, 2007
Nancy Coggeshall Foose '50
on July 1, 2006
Carolyn "Bunny" Judd Hayes '50
on September 18, 2006
Jean Ostrander Lowman '50
on December 15, 2006
Barbara Rock Wallingford '50
on December 28, 2005
Carmen Welch Clark '50
on September 23, 2006
Priscilla Clark Green '52
on June 23, 2006
Frederica Holt Durante '52
on June 28, 2006
Joan Lee Crump '52
on November 13, 2006
Katherine Mayer Shilo '52
on October 30, 2006
Dorothy Mulhere Barrett '52
on January 25, 2007
Jane Packard Ackley '52
on January 9, 2007
Barbara Daniels Smith '53
on October 1, 2006
Marie Low Christensen '53
on October 21, 2006
Shirley Herold Johnson '54
on October 25, 2006
Dorothy Campbell '55
on July 23, 2006
Ethel "Lu" Griffin Browning '55
on December 26, 2006
Helen Decker Hillman '56
on December 24, 2006
Elaine Jacobs Albert '59
on December 17, 2006
Jane Chevers '60
on November 27, 2006
Anne Pers Himoff'61
on November 12, 2006
Joanne O'Brien Ricciardi '65
on December 17, 2006
Katherine Cooke Lavalley '67
Judith Shea Borek '67
on September 4, 2006
Ann Dunn-Coulam '77
on September 1, 2006
Lisa Cook Madow '81
on September 13, 2006
Ruth Kneisel, former staff,
November 22, 2006
George Lane, (former English professor)
and Lasell medallion recipient,
March 5, 2007
Edward R. Lawson, (former English
professor), November 12, 2006
Arthur "Bill" Grellier,
husband of Trustee
Grellier '49, died on
November 13, 2007.
The two founded the
from the kitchen of their Sudbury home
in August 1957 and worked side by side
until Bill's retirement in 1987. "He had
three favorite things," says Nancy, "his
family (they have four children), travel,
Bill supported Nancy in her avid
dedication to Lasell, as she served on
the Board of Trustees and the Alumni
Association's Board of Management.
In 1999 they made a generous gift in
honor of Nancy's 50th reunion towards
building an NCAA regulation-size
soccer field. This past June, Grellier
Field was rededicated after the couple
made another much appreciated dona-
tion and the instillation of FieldTurf
was completed, making it a three-season
playing field. Bill is sorely missed by
the Lasell community.
away on July 5,
2006. As a professor
at Babson College,
Clint shared his wife
Jean Michael Petersen's '39 commitment
to the value of education. The two of
them gave life to the establishment of
the Brennan Library Society during the
Lasell 150 Campaign. With his support,
a generous Campaign gift directed to
the Library's endowment was made
in honor of Jean's reunion.
The couple was among the first to move
into Lasell Village and this strengthened
their ties to the College. The hard work
that Jean did at the Winslow Archives
convinced them that they would like to
make a gift towards its expansion,
ensuring that the archival treasures
would be well documented and preserved
for future generations to come. The
project was completed in 2005 and the
Petersen's extraordinary generosity was
celebrated at the dedication.
Lasell Class Notes 17
Imagination and Professionalism Displayed
First Fall Connected Learning Symposium Held in December
This year, for the first time, there will
be two Connected Learning Symposia.
The initial event was held in de Witt Hall
in December and was a huge success.
"This Symposium was a wonderful
expression of the diverse talent in our
community," says President de Witt.
"Lasell is blessed with dedicated,
creative, compassionate teachers and
students. I was entertained by Athletic
Training students explaining complex
physiological problems through humor-
ous skits, marveled at the artistic
expressions produced by graphic design
and fashion students, proud of those
engaged in civic and charitable projects,
impressed by budding mathematicians,
and intrigued by the range of projects
offered by the honors students." '¥
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Freshmen Digital Design Students (L to R) Jordan Malizia, Zoe Johndrow, Samantha
Kelly, Alyssa Vetera, Fernando Pino, (Seated) Allison Geojfroy and Emely DelSanto
share their connected learning projects — newsletters designed to highlight College centers,
activities, and initiatives.
Brian Whelan 'oy explains to Athletic Director Kristy Walter the poster on navigation and
aircraft tracking that he made for his Applied Trigonometry class.
Polka Dots and Computers
What's New in the Library?
by Allyson Cray, Director, Brennan Library
wf hen people walk into the library we
often hear "WOW, it looks like a differ-
ent place!" Big polka dots surround
the new cafe which opened this fall.
Students can buy drinks, sandwiches
etc. The cafe is also WIFI, or wired for
the Internet, which enables students to
bring their laptops into the cafe and
work on projects. The cafe is also a
place to relax since we have games,
and the current magazines. Just beyond
the cafe are the new club chairs, great
for waiting for friends or just reading
But that is not all that has changed.
We have added viewing stations for
the DVD and videos that students
need to watch for classes as well as io
more computers in the public areas.
We re-arranged the book and periodical
collections so that the reference books
are the first ones you see as you enter
the library. We were able to discard
many unused magazines that were
available online which helped us clean
up the periodical collection. So much
information is available through the
Internet or through purchased databas-
es that students will do much of their
That doesn't mean that books are going
away. Take a look at our website:
http://www.library.lasell.edu and look
on the left for the link — New Items;
Recent Acquisitions. Over ioo titles are
listed for January, e.g. Fashion Design
on Computers, Roman Britain, A New
History and A Concise History of the
Students use the comfortable seating area beyond the library's new cafe.
Books, magazines, DVD players, com-
puters and a cafe are all part of our
services and information resources for
our students. Come in to browse our
collections, watch a movie, have a
snack, or just relax. *
Lasell Class Notes
Lasell Fashion Student is Finalist in Boston Clobe Contest
lnf hen the Boston Globe decided to
invite local college fashion design stu-
dents to sketch out their vision of the
perfect prom gown, they didn't give
much advance notice. "It was rush,
rush, rush," recalls Fashion Professor
Joan Morris. "I heard in late November
and exams and holiday break were fast
approaching. The students had to take
the time during this really busy period
to come up with a design, get the
paperwork signed by me, and submit
everything by December 29. It was a
lot to ask, but it was a great opportunity
for them to get exposure."
The hard work paid off for the three
Lasell students who took the time
and effort to enter the contest: Lauren
Gauthier '07 was named as one of the
four finalists and Heather Daigle '07
and Justine Dusenbery '07 were run-
"I got the call at the end of January
telling me that Lauren was one of the
four winners and I wanted to give her
the great news immediately," says
Professor Morris, "but she had gone
home to Connecticut for the weekend
and I didn't want to distract her while
she was driving."
"I had no idea what Professor Morris
was calling about," recalls Lauren, "and
when she told me I couldn't believe it!
The entry preparations had gone by in
such a blur. There was so littie time and
the Globe hadn't given us any parame-
ters. It could be any kind of a prom
dress so I took a design that I was going
to include in my senior collection and
transformed it. It's a short dress and the
front and back bodice is meant to take
on the shape of a cupcake. The rich
combination of mint green and choco-
late brown give the dress a delicate and
'yummy' appearance. I had a lot of fun
- 1 ■ ^B SPECIAL
(L to R) Globe finalist Lauren Gauthier '07
and runner-up Justine Dusenbery 'oy.
Missing runner-up Heather Daigle 'oy.
Lauren picks out the material for the
On Sunday, March 4, the Globe maga-
zine carried a two-page spread showing
the prom dresses of the four finalists.
The newspaper's next step was to select
four high school juniors and seniors
from the written entries the Globe had
received, saying which of the four win-
ning dresses they would like to wear
and why it suits their fashion style.
"The students come from all over
Massachusetts," says Lauren. "I have
been paired up with Celismarie
Hernandez from Lowell. Before we actu-
ally met, we talked on the phone and
exchanged emails. Soon she will come
to Lasell, I will take measurements, start
to work up a pattern, and then we will
have to arrange for fittings."
The Globe gave each of the four
winners a $500 budget to go to the
Fabric Place and pick out the materials
for their designs. When the gowns are
completed they will be featured in the
May 13th Sunday Globe Magazine and
readers will vote for their favorite.
"We're going to have a 'get out and
vote for Lauren' campaign," says
In spite of the excitement, this project
involves a lot of work and comes at a
time when Lauren is trying to complete
her Senior collection, titled "With a
Twist." "Each of my dresses is based on
a different cocktail drink," she explains.
"Like my prom dress concept, they are
all short because I think this makes a
dress more versatile."
After graduation, Lauren would like
to start her own business using the
internet as her sales vehicle. "People
are buying that way more and more,"
she explains. With the publicity she is
receiving from the Globe, she is off to
a fast start. '«■'
Lauren's prom dress concept as it appeared in the Sunday Globe Magazine.
"Our love of fashion gave us the desire to start a club on campus to show what Lasell
students are capable of," says Tia Jackson 'oy, who founded the Trendsetters Fashion Club
in the fall of 2006 with fellow fashion majors Yazmin Colon 'oy and Sonjia Williams 'oy.
"We strive to set 'trends' through volunteering, helping others, gaining and providing infor-
mational knowledge, and most importantly building confidence. " Shown above are (L to R)
Tia Jackson 'oy, Fashion Professor Jill Carey, and Yazmin Colon 'oy.
Lasell Leaves IQ
Focus and Hard Work
Students Balance Studies and Checkbooks
Coming to college without much
money has a huge impact on students'
lives and requires an enormous amount
of motivation," said Social Science
Professor Marsha Mirkin, as she
introduced the student panel at a
Donahue Institute sponsored session
titled "Money Matters." "Trying to earn
a degree while holding down a job is
a challenge faced by many Lasell stu-
dents and they must develop strengths
and strategies to get through their
Each of the students on the panel faced
a unique situation and all had developed
their own coping mechanisms.
"I fell in love with Lasell and was deter-
mined to come here," said Desiree
Milner-McKay '09. "The hitch was that
I thought it would cost half of what it
really does, and when I found out about
the real bottom line my mother was ter-
ribly concerned and wondered where
the money would come from.
"I was determined to make it work and,
by trying to do everything, I know I'm
overextended. Sunday is the only day I
have to unwind. However, one thing .
I've learned is that there are always
people on campus who are willing to
help you, which is a huge reason to
"I have my days laid out on a grid," said
Salvatore Gianni '08. "I work three jobs
and do my sleeping and homework
between classes. I requested a single
because I need to keep on my schedule
in order to keep my life under control."
Mabel Valenzuela '07 has to balance her
internship with her job and her other
classes. "This leaves no time to play vol-
leyball," she said. "It's hard to develop
myself as a student or to step back and
appreciate college life. I never have a
full day off, but this keeps me from pro-
crastinating. I try to look at it positively.
I am working towards my goal, which
is to graduate and be able to be what
Tracie Durda '07 also has to fit her
internship into her busy schedule.
"I'm working a 16 hour shift at my
job on Saturdays and I'm helping
with the yearbook. I'm always busy,
but it's doable."
"At 16 I dropped out of school and
thought college was totally out of the
question," said Ryan Kenney '10. "I've
worked at a lot of jobs and along the
way I got my GED. Now I'm working
full time at Lasell driving the shuttle
van. This has enabled me to take classes
here, so I'm enrolled in two. I've devel-
oped time management skills and when
I'm in class I really pay attention."
None of the students on the panel
expect special treatment. "I don't want
to hear, 'I know the situation you're in,'"
said Desiree. "Most of us are already
beating ourselves up for feeling that
(L to R) Professor Marsha Mirkin, Desiree Milner-McKay '09, Mabel Valenzuela 'oj,
Ryan Kenney '10, Tracie Durda 'oj, and Salvatore Gianni '08 are the panel members at
a discussion on "Money Matters. "
we're not giving 100 percent. If a partic-
ularly difficult situation arises, I hope
that the teacher is open-minded."
All the students were concerned about
the high cost of text books, which can
range from $500 - $700. "If they're on
reserve, I'll use them," says Salvatore.
"It's one more thing in the financial
problems column. I'm constantly think-
ing, 'When is the paper due? When is
the credit card due?'"
Considering all the stresses involved
with the effort to receive a degree,
Professor Mirkin asked, "What have
you gained, what makes it worth it?"
Some of the responses were: "A great
feeling of independence;" "Where I'll
be at the end;" "Setting an example for
my little sister;" "Learning how to get
by with less;" "Following my dream;"
and "Having the people at home
say 'Yes!'" '«
First- Year Academic Achievement Awards
First-Year Fall Dean's List recipients, members of the Honors Program, and Presidential Scholars pause for photos during the First-Year Academic Achievement Awards Program. This is the
first year this group has been celebrated, and a reception was held for students, parents, faculty, advisors, and staff.
20 Lasell Leaves
Focus on Mexico and Guatemala
Donahue Institute Events Highlight Human Rights
The Lasell student body had the oppor-
tunity to hear two Donahue Institute
for Values & Public Life sponsored
speakers discuss human rights issues
and the realities that face our southern
neighbors. "Many of us are unaware
of what is and has happened so near
to us and we were very fortunate to
have Reverend Delle McCormick,
Executive Director of Border Links
and Jillian Tuck of the Network in
Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
(NISGUA) come and speak to us,"
says Tessa LeRoux, Director of the
"Both speakers touched on topics that
are directly linked to some classes as
connected learning activities," she
explains. "A number of classes are
Reverend Delle McCormick lived and
worked in Mexico for eight years.
focusing on immigration issues and
Professor Denny Frey's class on
Genocide was a co-sponsor of the
BorderLinks is a bi-national organiza-
tion dedicated to building healthy
relationships between North and Latin
America and focuses particularly on the
U.S. /Mexico immigration issue. "There
are 12 million undocumented people in
the United States today," explained Rev.
McCormick, "and the Arizona/Mexico
border is the most heavily trafficked
channel for crossing. In the desert
there are thousands of paths that
change on a regular basis as Mexicans
seek unparrolled routes into the States."
With the erecting of a 15-foot wall
and the addition of 6,000 National
Guardsmen as armed sentinels, the
flow of illegal immigrants has slowed.
"What we are seeing is the militariza-
tion of our borders," says Reverend
McCormick. "Environmental protection
laws have been overturned and racial
profiling and harassment are an every
BorderLinks is committed to education
as a way of transformation. "We meet
with small groups so that the migrants
can make a thoughtful decision about
what they are about to attempt to do,"
she explains. "With 70% of the popula-
tion of Mexico living below the poverty
line and 33% of the population having
no access to education, it is easy to
understand the reason why life else-
where looks better. It is vital that we
all think critically about global
economics and that we put a human
face on globalization."
Jillian Tuck, a human rights accompa-
nier for NISGUA, put a personal
perspective on nine communities in
the municipality of Rabinal in
Guatemala that suffered devastating
massacres at the hands of the army
during the genocide of the 1980s.
Giving a brief history of Guatemalan
politics, Jillian explained that 1944 to
1954 was a period of democracy. "There
were 10 years of spring, when women
were given the right to vote, unions
were legalized and the land was redis-
tributed to the poor farmers," she said.
"Then followed 40 years of civil war.
"The guerrillas fought the military as
the Guatemalan army began a scorched
earth campaign," explains Jillian.
"It was very bloody and large scaled,
with 200,000 people killed and 1.5
While in Guatemala, Jillian traveled
to the villages of Plan de Sanchez and
Aqua Fria whose populations were
massacred by the army. "The army
surrounded Plan de Sanchez on
market day, raped the women and
then machine gunned everyone.
There were 626 other massacres
that played out the same way. It was a
Now that she is back in the States,
Jillian is working for NISGUA,
In Agua Fria, Guatemala a priest performs
a burial ritual, making offerings so that
massacred souls can find peace.
educating groups about the genocide.
"In recent years, bold communities of
survivors have been preparing legal
cases against the regimes of those who
were in power during the violence on
charges of genocide, war crimes, and
crimes against humanity. Their efforts,
while of a highly personal nature on one
hand, are of monumental importance
for greater Guatemala, a country whose
aspirations for human rights, rule of
law, and democracy have met with
violent repression over the decades
and remain largely unfulfilled.
"International pressure is extremely
potent. The more people we have in
the States paying attention and lending
support, the better." '¥
Student Tutors Share Their Expertise
Technology Across the Curriculum
I his fall, students in a team-taught
information technology class were
tapped to tutor their non-technical peers
to help them understand and use soft-
ware applications such as Excel, Word,
and PowerPoint. This connected learn-
ing experience was part of Technology
Across the Curriculum, a College
initiative designed to insure that Lasell
graduates attain a high level of fluency
in the area of information technology.
"Our advanced students are learning
how to communicate their knowledge
in a number of different venues," says
Computer and Information Science
Professor Linda Bruenjes. "Some are
giving one-on-one tutoring sessions in
the Academic Achievement Center,
some have written documentation
that will appear as hard copy and as
web-based references, and others have
created video presentations to explain
specific software programs.
"We also have started Just-in-Time
workshops for specific courses designed
according to the specifications of the
faculty member who is giving the
course. This way the students can
learn how to use technology tools to
report research findings, analyze
financial rations, or present in a
"This fall, Massesse Armand '07 ran
such a workshop for a class given by
Sociology Professor Jennifer Drew.
He is a Computer Science major who
has developed good leadership skills
and, because he had taken Professor
Drew's course in the past, he was both
familiar with the class material and with
the presentation software that the stu-
dents were going to need to use for it.
"It is much less intimidating to ask
a peer questions about computer
problems. And, by putting the student
tutors in the driver's seat, they are
given the opportunity to learn how to
express themselves clearly and share
their knowledge with non-technical
peers — a skill they will need as IT
Tutor Joseph Edwards '08 pauses to see if
students have any questions.
Lasell Leaves 21
has joined Lasell
as the Director of
He comes to the
College with an
extensive background in student
development and co-curricular
activities. Most recently, Chad was
the Assistant Director of Student
Activities for Co-Curricular Development
at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.
In the area of new student program-
ming, Chad has worked with
orientation programs at three
institutions (including Washington
State University) and is a frequent
presenter at professional conferences.
f Stephanie Athey,
Ph.D., an Associate
Professor of English
I ■ in the Humanities
areas of specializa-
women's and gender studies, American
ethnic literature, American literature,
received the Faculty Leadership in
Service- Learning award from the
Massachusetts Campus Compact.
Dr. Athey was one of five award winners
from across the state and was cited for
demonstrating extraordinary creativity
and leadership in the area of service-
learning. As one of the five recipients,
Dr. Athey will be part of a team advocat-
ing for service-learning at both Lasell
and throughout the Massachusetts
higher education community.
In a statement announcing Dr. Athey's
honor, Jim Ostrow, Vice President for
Academic Affairs, said, "This is a
well-deserved honor, recognizing both
Stephanie's extraordinary work in the
area of international service-learning in
partnership with Helen Alcala, as well
as her service-learning and scholarship
in other areas. There is no doubt that
this award is made in recognition of the
wonderful and varied service-learning
work conducted by so many of our
faculty. Congratulations go also to
Sharyn Lowenstein, Director of the
Center for Community Based Learning
(CCBL), Tessa LeRoux, Director of the
Donahue Institute, and Melissa Martin,
Coordinator of Student Programs for
the CCBL and the Donahue Institute
for their leadership in this area."
^^^^ Diane M. Austin.
f ^k Dean of Student
a keynote address
^ ^J at the Region I
«; ^^ drive-in conference
of the National
Association of Student Personnel
Administrators (NASPA); the title of
the conference was: "Hot Topics in
Student Affairs," and it took place at
the University of Connecticut, Storrs
on October 13, 2006; the title of her
address was "Helicopter Parents:
As a result of that presentation, Dean
Austin was invited to present an all-
morning session for the professional
Student Affairs staff at UMass - Lowell
on January 11, 2007. The title of that
session was "Millennial Students and
their Helicopter Parents."
has joined Lasell as
in the Office of
She received her
BS in Human
Development and Family Studies from
the University of Connecticut, Storrs
and her Master of Arts degree in
Psychology from Marist College. While
studying for her Master's degree, she
did an internship in the Career and
Counseling Services at Dutchess
Steven F. Bloom,
Ph.D., Dean of
English in the
of Humanities, authored "Student
Companion to Eugene O'Neill" to
be published by Greenwood Press
in June, 2007.
Professor Bloom is the President of the
Eugene O'Neill Society (2006 - 2008)
and has been a member of the Society's
Board of Directors since 2000. He was
the Book Reviews Editor of The Eugene
O'Neill Review from 1988 until 2004.
He has published numerous articles
and reviews on O'Neill in The Eugene
O'Neill Review and elsewhere, and he
has spoken on O'Neill at many profes-
sional conferences and other public
forums. Professor Bloom has been
teaching courses in drama, media
studies, literature, and writing for
more than 25 years.
Chris is the
N^ Director of Web
\ ,\ ' and Electronic
Communication for Enrollment
Management. He comes to Lasell from
Fallon Clinic where he has been the
Webmaster for the last two years. Prior
to that, he was a senior Web analyst
and Web content manager for Millipore
Corporation. He has a Bachelor of
Science in Marketing and a grad
certificate in Web development.
Ph.D., an Assistant
Psychology in the
is conducting a
research project on the experiences of
college-age immigrant students and
children of immigrants. Dr. Mirkin is
working with three Lasell students,
Mabel Valenzuela '07, Merryl Raubeson
'08 and Megan Clinton '07 on the
project. She and Hugo Kamya, Ph.D.
are revising a chapter on family
therapy with immigrant families that
will appear in "Re-Visioning Family
Therapy," edited by Monica McGoldrick
and Ken Hardy, to be published by
Guilford Press. In April, Dr. Mirkin
will also be a presenter at the
Multicultural Family Therapy
Conference on the impact of having
a mentally ill family member.
Head Men's Soccer
Pacini was named
Chair of the Soccer
Task Force, a
program designed to promote the game
of soccer at every level in the United
States. He is the State Technical
Coordinator for Massachusetts of the
National Soccer Coaches Association
of America and serves on the National
Goalkeeper Academy staff.
Planning at Lasell
last Fall, was fea-
tured recently in a
front page Living section of the Boston
Globe. The focus was on Peter's
Rap career. Peter and his class were
•A 'Ks-d'Jide. In
instrumental in planning the Hospitality
Management Advisory Board Dinner at
Lasell, The Globe article included a quote
from Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft '08, a
Fashion Merchandising and Honors
Program junior at Lasell.
English in the
be presenting the
Daughters, Incompetent Mothers:
Mother/Daughter Relationships at
the Movies," at the 2007 Popular
Culture/American Culture Conference
in Boston in April.
Suzanne S. Reilly,
Senior Lecturer in
reports that her
book, "Red Tide
in Winter" is now
available at Lasell's Brennan Library. The
book chronicled the last year of life of
her 12-year-old niece, who lived that last
year in a hospital bed, "traveling
the world" through art. With art as
her roadmap. "she learned about family
loyalty, universal truths and famous
paintings," says Suzanne, who recently
had her first book signing in her home
town of Falmouth, MA. In addition to
teaching at Lasell, Suzanne works with
Japanese students, guiding them
through American art and culture at
the Showa Boston Language Institute
in Jamaica Plain.
has joined Lasell
as Assistant to the
Director of Plant
A recent Lasell
graduate (December 2006 with a
major in Sports Management), she
has worked for Plant Operations on
and off during the past few years. As
a result, Linda brings with her a wealth
of knowledge about the campus and the
ins and outs of work orders, set ups and
the many other administrative activities
of the department. *
22 Lasell Leaves
Cultural Differences and Advance Care Planning
Master's Graduate's Capstone Project Used as a
Building Block by Evercare Health Care
In an organization that is dedicated
to the care of the chronically frail elder,
it is vitally important that cultural
differences are recognized and that
healthcare providers are trained to deal
with these differences," says Lasell
Master's graduate Kathryn Maguire '06.
"All cultures have their own practices
and beliefs regarding death and dying
and clinicians need to both learn about
and respect them."
Kathryn is currentiy the Director of
End Stage Renal Disease at Evercare,
a company that provides health plan
coverage, programs, and services for
the elderly. While pursuing her
advanced degree at Lasell, she was
Director of Health Services for Evercare
Community Programs and started the
Senior Care Options program for low
income frail elders in the community.
"I was able to transfer the research
that I did for my capstone project to
the work place," she says, "and Evercare
was willing to initiate programs that I
and others recommended based on the
outcome of my studies.
"I found that what was needed was a
culturally appropriate staff, in order to
insure quality of care in the community
and to be able to meet the needs of
the enrollees. If the staff and processes
are not culturally sensitive, then the
program will not work."
One in every four Boston residents was
born outside of the United States, and
there are 57 languages spoken in the
city, so diversity is something that any
program needs to take into account.
When Kathryn started the Senior Care
Options program as the Health Services
Director, "I was stunned to see how
many Latinos were joining," she recalls,
"and I knew we had to take steps to
serve them." Evercare needed to hire
two Spanish speaking nurses to work
with this population and provide the
enrollees with the same level of care
management that English speaking
"For a large portion of Latinos, it is not
easily accepted to discuss the topic of
death and dying," explains Kathryn,
"which makes the clinician's job very
difficult. Some Latinos feel that by talk-
ing about death, they might actually
bring it on. Furthermore, they would be
reticent to sign a living will as they feel
that their children will know what to do.
"Making the situation even more diffi-
cult is the fact that within the Latino
population, there are many different
sub-cultures and some may think that
discussing death and dying with a nurse
is what they want to do. Clinicians need
to be able to respond to all the nuances
that accompany these varied back-
grounds and they have to be ready to
think outside of the box. The important
lesson is not to generalize!"
Evercare' s community program also
deals with large Russian and Asian pop-
ulations. "Some Russian elders do not
feel that there's any need for discussion
because they don't feel that death is
imminent. Asian elders, in some cases,
take pride in discussing the dying
process because they feel that it is an
important part of their journey,"
Besides hiring staff from different
populations, Kathryn also worked with
Evercare to develop a mandatory online
program to educate staff on cultural
differences. Additionally, the company
made 2006 the Year of Diversity, and
employees were given cultural calendars
to make them aware of the many holi-
days that are celebrated each month by
"As I was doing research for my Lasell
capstone paper, I spoke to directors of
healthcare facilities from many other
states," recalls Kathryn. "I was pleased
to be able to share my work with them
and I was delighted when Evercare
developed its online program and asked
for my input. I also initiated 'Cultural
Corner' at my staff meetings where
employees can share and learn
from their peers. It is out of the box
'listening' and it integrates the varied
experiences of colleagues. It develops
respect and the acceptance of differ-
ences. It is exciting, challenging and
thought provoking and increases the
level of acceptance for individuals with-
in the care management group." '<£
IT Staff at the Ready
"I Got Net"
Vr hen freshmen first arrive on cam-
pus they can be overwhelmed by all they
have to learn. One of the things that is
on the top of their list is "How do I get
connected to the network?"
"That's where IT comes in," says Chief
Information Officer Deborah Gelch.
"During the move-in period we are
there to go to all the dorms and help
the new students with their computers.
We also want them to get to know our
faces so that they will feel free to ask
questions that may come up as the
semester progresses." *>'
IT staff and faculty members wear their identifying "I Got Net" tee shirts.
Lasell Leaves 2 3
New Strategic Partnership
Certificate Program Offered Onsite at May Institute
Antonia Fiddner, current Lasell Master's
candidate and May Institute employee.
This spring, Lasell Graduate and
Professional Studies and May Institute
are teaming up for a first-of-its kind
offering: a certificate program designed
specifically for May employees offered
onsite at the company's Randolph
headquarters. May Institute is a national
nonprofit organization that provides
educational, rehabilitative and behav-
ioral healthcare services to children
and adults, as well as training and
consultation services to professionals,
organizations and public school
systems. The five-course graduate
certificate in human services adminis-
tration will begin this spring with
courses taught by both Lasell graduate
faculty and May executives.
"The certificate is designed to provide
May employees with valuable, skill-
based experience," explains Michelle
Brasier, who provides administrative
direction for May Institute's college
and university relations. "Through the
sequence of courses, students will work
on projects and conduct research appli-
cable to the challenges they face in the
workplace as they provide support to
individuals with disabilities in a wide
variety of settings. Best of all," she
continues, "for interested employees,
the certificate will transfer directly
into Lasell's Masters of Science in
Antonia Fiddner, current Lasell M.S.
candidate and May's quality improve-
ment manager, is excited about the new
offering. "May is strongly focused on
continuing education," says Fiddner.
"I think the on-site program is terrific.
The courses I've taken at Lasell so far
have been very worker-friendly, and
I'm learning things I can take directly
back to my job." Though Fiddner has
already taken the first course being
offered as part of this certificate
program, "Fundamentals of Executive
Management," she is enthusiastic
about the possibility of enrolling in
"We see this as a real value-add for
employees," notes Brasier. "We're
able to offer classes to our staff at a
discounted rate, they're able to use
their tuition reimbursement benefit,
and May Institute expands its pool of
staff with advanced training."
The program is also a big plus for
Lasell, according to Mark Sciegaj,
director of the graduate program.
"Strategic partnerships like the one
with May are win-win-win. They con-
nect us with the community, engage
us with employers and adult students,
and allow us to continue to grow our
Master's level options. At Lasell, the
underlying spirit is entrepreneurial.
Through this partnership with May,
we're able to offer an innovative pro-
gram that gives their employees the
opportunity to advance themselves and
develop a particular and valuable set of
skills. We're really excited about this." *
Students in the Jive-course human services
administration certificate program.
Three Lasell Degrees
Graduate Student Tracy Nigro '92 Comes Back for More
Tracy Nigro '92.
The buildings seemed bigger then,"
laughs Tracy Nigro, who first stepped
on Lasell's campus as an undergraduate
in 1986, "but it's still the same
caring environment." Tracy earned
her Associates degree in Fashion
Merchandising in 1988, her Bachelors
degree in Travel and Tourism in 1992,
and, in 2006, began her Master of
Science in Management with a concen-
tration in Elder Care Administration.
"As an undergraduate, I had no clue
what I wanted to do," Tracy admits.
"I was all over the map! But I don't
regret any of my degrees. They've all
helped me along the way." After a
pause she adds lightly, "In my office,
my colleagues ask me for fashion
advice. And, I plan great trips!"
While working in the Finance
Department at Harvard Pilgrim
Health Care. Tracy, who "always
needs to be challenged," decided
she wanted to more fully explore one
aspect of the health care industry:
"Between working for a health care
company and visiting my grandfather
in a nursing home, I'd been thinking
a lot about the opportunity to make a
difference in the elder care field," she
explains. "With the baby boomers
nearing retirement the field is growing
a lot, but nowadays you can't be compet-
itive without a Master's degree." Tracy
is transitioning to a sales executive
position for First Seniority Freedom,
a medicare advantage private fee-for-
service health plan from Harvard
Pilgrim. Her decision to pursue a
Master's in Elder Care Administration
and Marketing will help her in her
Why did she choose her old college
stomping grounds? "It was too simple
not to! I kept getting the pamphlet
about Lasell's graduate program and
thinking, 'maybe someday,' but one
day I finally decided to pick up the
phone. After speaking with Director
of Graduate Admission Adrienne
Franciosi, I knew Lasell had the right
program for my interests."
After her twelve year hiatus, Tracy is
back in the classroom... the virtual class-
room, that is. Though she was nervous
about being a student again, and wor-
ried that she would be "in cyber world
all by myself", she quickly adjusted to
the online format and the workload.
"I love it! It's addictive, really. I want to
check every day to see who's responded
to my postings. And, I can go to my
professor's virtual office hours any time
with questions or comments."
And as for the material itself? Tracy is
amazed at how much she's learned
already. "It's nice to be in the loop! I feel
more alert at work because I can really
relate to what's going on in my office."
Harvard Pilgrim offers lectures on
elder care issues, and Tracy is happy
to be able to "share my perspectives
on topics, based on the reading and
discussions in class."
"I have a history here," says Tracy
with satisfaction. "It's great to be
back at Lasell, and it feels terrific to
be challenged again. Really, I should
have done this a long time ago." *
2 A Lasell Leaves
Mexico Made Closer
Fulbright Scholar Teresa Romero on Campus for Fall
Professor Teresa Romero.
The ties between Lasell and the
University of Veracruz, Mexico,
Language Center in Orizaba became
closer this fall when Foreign Language
Professor Helen Alcala and Professor
Teresa Romero applied for the
Fulbright Teacher Exchange program.
"I'm here because she's there," says
Professor Romero when explaining
this cross-cultural, educational award
that brought her to Newton and sent
Professor Alcala to Orizaba.
"I met Helen when she came to the
Language Center in Orizaba in 2001
after being awarded her first Fulbright
award. I was her mentor teacher, in
charge of orienting her, and we
immediately became friends."
Teresa Romero is also a key project
coordinator for Lasell's Mexico
Shoulder to Shoulder international
service-learning exchange, a program
which takes Lasell students to Mexico
each January where they learn about
Mexican history, culture, and the
global economy through hands-on
service in poor communities.
Professor Romero received her degree
in English from the University of
Veracruz and began teaching English
at the Orizaba Language Center in 1993.
"The university system in Mexico is
large and complex," she explains. "Each
of the regions has a language center
and, in Orizaba, Japanese, French,
English and German are offered. In
order to receive a degree, students
must take two courses in English and,
at the moment, Helen is teaching three
This fall, Professor Romero taught
three beginning and intermediate
Spanish courses at Lasell, giving her
students an opportunity to practice
their language skills with a native
speaker. "I have found there is a lot
of sharing on this campus," she says.
"In Mexico, the students don't live on
campus. Lasell's small campus size
and the fact that students can attend
organized events makes for a much
more personal feeling."
As Lasell began developing Mexico
Shoulder to Shoulder, Professor Romero
found herself being drawn in. "I wasn't
involved the first year the students came
down," she recalls, "but I found myself
becoming drawn in little by little.
Initially I offered to help with some
of the arrangements and organized a
party for the home-stay families and
"Now I devote my time to finding fami-
lies for the home-stay visits. Being with
a family for four days gives a personal
feeling to their time in Orizaba. They
are shown the nooks and crannies of
the town and everyone gets to practice
their language skills."
"Though she is tremendously understat-
ed about her role, Professor Romero is
a mainstay of the Mexico Shoulder to
Shoulder international service-learning
exchange," says Professor Stephanie
Athey who leads the trip with Professor
Alcala (see story p. n). "Teresa Romero
has initiated and maintained relation-
ships with two work sites in the Orizaba
area, an orphanage for young boys, and
an indigenous community in the town
When the Lasell group arrives in
Orizaba in January, Professor Romero
will be there to greet them. "I look
forward to showing them my
hometown and to making their
stay something memorable." W
All in the Family
Three McCahs are Lasell Students
It all started with Sherilyn," says
her sister Kimberly McGah '08. "She
talked so enthusiastically about Lasell
that before we knew it, we were all
Sherilyn graduated in 2006 as a
Fashion and Retail Merchandising
major and was one of the first to be
a "blended" student, taking two gradu-
ate courses the last semester of her
senior year. She is now in the graduate
Management/Marketing program and
will be receiving her Master's degree
Cheryl was investigating graduate
schools and called Lasell on the advice
of Sherilyn. "She said, 'Check in with
Lasell.' I spoke with Director of
Graduate Admission Adrienne Franciosi
on Friday and started the following
Wednesday," she laughs.
" I have taken regular and hybrid
courses and having the option is
wonderful for my time management.
I work at Mass General/West as a
nurse in the orthopedic surgical center
recovery room and, of course, I have
Kim is a Hospitality and Event
Management major. "Because of
Sherilyn, I transferred to Lasell from
North Shore Community College.
I want to be an event planner and my
major is giving me excellent training.
I've been running themed birthday
parties since my junior year in high
school, so I've always known the
direction I was headed in."
If three immediate family members
isn't enough, cousin Amy McHale '09
is at Lasell as a Fashion and Retail
Merchandising major. The more
the merrier. '¥
(Left to Right) Graduate students Sherilyn and Cheryl McGah and undergraduate Kimberly
McGah '08 make quite the Lasell team.
Lasell Leaves 2 5
Message from Michelle Walmsley:
Director of Annual Giving
Annual Fund Office
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466-2716
Fax: (617) 243-2383
It has been a great start for Michelle
Powers, assistant director of Annual
Giving and myself here at Lasell. We
have seen your love and connection to
the College with each phone call, note
you have sent in, or your attendance at
a Lasell event. The Annual Fund is
flourishing and your support this year
has been fantastic!
*/ First time donors to Lasell this
year have increased by 28 percent,
supporting the Annual Fund with
over $25,000 at press time.
>/ Our annual donors have truly
demonstrated their support of the
College this year. We have seen your
support double from this time last
year, with over $101,000 of increased
gifts to date.
*/ This year's Reunion Classes, those
ending in a '2' or '7,' have raised
over $43,000 to date in honor of
their upcoming Reunions in May.
The hope is to raise $71,000 for
Lasell this year from Reunion Class
donors, and you are 61 percent there!
This support has come from Lasell
alumni, parents and friends alike,
and because of you we have these
It does not stop here; the need for
additional support continues!
Enclosed in this issue of leaves is a
gift reply envelope — all it needs is your
gift and a stamp! You can designate
your gift to support Lasell's greatest
needs, Academic Programs, Athletics,
Buildings & Grounds, Brennan Library
or Student Financial Aid.
If you prefer to make an online
gift, log on to our secure server at
and make your gift TODAY! Remember
matching gifts or gifts of stock are
greatly appreciated and easy to arrange.
Contact me directly with any questions
I look forward to sharing the Annual
Fund's 2006/2007 complete successes
with you in the fall issue of Leaves.
Thank you, on behalf of everyone at
Lasell for your support today, tomorrow,
and in the future.
Michelle Walmsley J
Director of Annual Giving
In the midst of their last semester of
college and preparing themselves for
graduate school or employment after
college, Lasell seniors are hard at work
raising money for the Senior Class
Gift Fund. The Senior Class Gift is
given annually to Lasell College from its
graduating seniors. This gift represents
the legacy that the students are leaving
to their alma mater as they exit the
college as young adults ready for the
This year, the students have chosen to
make their Senior Class Gift in memory
of Kevin Flaherty, who passed away
on September 23, 2006. All 2007
graduates have been asked to donate
$20.07 as a symbolic gift to Lasell
College. Money raised by the seniors
will go toward a fund in Kevin's name
to support the education of future
Senior class participation will help
the Senior Class Gift secure a high
participation rate to demonstrate the
enthusiasm that Lasell seniors have
for their college experience.
To make your gift or a gift in the
name of your Lasell Senior visit
or contact Michelle Powers, assistant
director of Annual Giving at
October Recognition Dinner
A Trip Back in Time
■ he Robert Treat Paine Estate known
as "Stonehurst" was the setting for the
October 2006 Lasell College annual
donor recognition dinner. The
beautiful 109-acre property in Waltham,
designed in 1883 by Henry Hobson
Richardson and Frederick Law
Olmstead, inspired the theme for this
year's event which was "An Adventure
Through Literature: The Lasell Years."
The "Great Hall and Summer Parlor"
where the cocktail reception and dinner
were held were bedecked with the most
beautiful hand-carved woodwork,
including the magnificent hand-turned
and carved staircase and what seemed
like miles of built in bookcases filled
with antique volumes of books. That is
what inspired the "literature" theme and
it was carried out in a very creative way.
Three Lasell students were asked to
do a reading from a poet or author
from the late 1800s. Communications
major Desiree Milner-McKay '09,
Kevin Lang '08 a Business and
Marketing major, and Psychology
major Hafsa Lewis '08 participated in
the event. All three presentations were
delivered beautifully. The students then
joined alumni and friends of Lasell for
dinner and conversation.
The menu, true to a meal that might
have been served in the 1880s, was
... , M. .Js
(L to R) Hafsa Lewis '08, Desiree Milner-McKay '09 and Kevin Lang '08 each
printed along with what the meal would
have cost at the time that the Paines
lived in the house — smoked salmon
and smoked trout, roast Cornish game
hen with chestnut dressing, and pump-
kin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped
cream — all for 53 cents.
Chairman of the Board Erik Stapper
recognized Chairman's Council level
donors and members of the Heritage
Society who were in attendance. And
President de Witt presided over the
"virtual" dedication of Butterworth Hall,
named in memory of Evelyn Suor
Butterworth '27, who bequeathed
$5 million to Lasell upon her death
in January of 2006 at the age of 99.
Ruth Shuman, dean for Institutional
Advancement, also recognized Tom
de Witt by announcing the amount
of money that has been raised during
his almost 19-year tenure. The total
in October was $39, 092,234.28.
"Not bad," said Dean Shuman, "for a
President who said he didn't want to
raise money when he took the job!" »
Message from Karen Gill,
Director of Alumni Relations
Volunteer Reunion Coordinators
Office of Alumni Relations
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2383
That first glimmer of spring is in the
air and that can only mean that
Reunion is soon to follow. Lots of prepa-
ration goes into the weekend activities
and we have to make it all happen
whether there are 30 people who attend
or 300. So on behalf of our department,
we vote for the 300+ to attend! It's so
much more fun with lots of people! The
laughter can be heard all over campus.
So pick up your phone, or cell phone, or
Blackberry, or send an email, or go to
MySpace, or Facebook, or create a web
site (there are so many more choices
now than ever before) and get in contact
with your friends and classmates and
come together on campus for Reunion.
We hope to see you all there!
Thanks, Karen Gill
Lasell Alumni, Inc.
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2383
Stay connected with
your friends and class-
mates... Network for your
career.. .Attend seminars
and keep on learning...
Message from the President
of the Board of Management
Vf ell, here it is — my final letter as the
President of the Board of Management.
The past four years have been filled with
excitement, frustration, challenges and
most importantly, fun. When I graduated
from Lasell 10 years ago, I had a saying on
my graduation cap — TTFN. For any of
you Winnie the Pooh fans out there, you
know this is Tigger's mantra meaning Ta
Ta For Now' I knew when I left Lasell it
wouldn't be for long; that I would be back
in some fashion. Well, I can honestly say I
found that with the Board of Management.
Being a member of the Board allows me
the opportunity to stay connected to facul-
ty, staff and administrators, to interact with
fellow alums, to participate in student
events and, most importantly, to give back
to the institution that gave so much to me
as an undergrad. That opportunity was
further enhanced when I took on what I
considered the daunting task of President.
After leading the Board in a new, more
engaged direction and making some con-
siderable changes, I made the decision
that if s someone else's turn. At the time
I'm writing this letter, the next President
has not been chosen. But I'm confident
that the Board will choose, and the
Alumni will accept, a capable leader —
one who will continue to challenge the
members and grow our membership.
If you are looking for a way to give back
to Lasell and be more involved, I urge
you to consider joining the Board of
Management. If that seems too much
of a time commitment, attend an alumni
event with a friend. Reconnecting
with Lasell for even one day will make
such a difference.
Patti Beck Bishop, Class of '97
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'77 - 30th
'82 - 25th
'87 - 20th
'02 - 5th
Marge Westgate Doran
Trudy Ruch Kauffman
Barbara Stickle Mode
Bobbie Trout Krohn
Nancye Van Deusen Connor
Joan Deshefy Patenaude
Caroline Killam Moller
Sharon Carley Fitts
Kathy Morgan Lucey
Katie McDonough Ryan
Bonnie Berman Wugman
Stormy Horton Bell
Patti Beck Bishop
About 35 alumni athletes returned to campus this fall for the alumni athletes' games. After a stren-
uous workout, all were ready for the snacks and refreshments that were served at the reception.
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Brunch and chat took place before the play "Hairspray" at the North Shore Music Theatre
Lasell alumni fans meet at Bertucci's before the Red Sox game this September.
Evelyn Murphy, former Lt. Governor of
Massachusetts, presented a seminar to
alumni on "Getting Even" in conjunction
with Dean Ruth Shuman's take on
"Effective Salary Negotiation. " The
program focused on gender inequality in
the work place and was sponsored by
Citizens Bank through the contact of
Trustee Michael Maggiacomo.
The "Life After Lasell" evening was spon-
sored by the Board of Overseers. Seniors
were invited to hear Melissa Sweet talk
about how to craft a budget; repay col-
lege loans; car loans; health insurance;
how to invest; and controlling expenses.
Overseer representatives present were
Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 and
Heidi Watkins Helwig 'g6.
The alumni canoe was victorious in the River Day competition against Woodland Hall
Barbara McAlary Kashar '60 hosted a "Farewell to Tom de Witt" gathering in her home in
Sandwich on Cape Cod in September. Many of her classmates attended as well.
Tom de Witt continued his "Farewell Tour" in November and stopped by the Town and
County Club in Hartford, CT.
"Florida Farewell Tour"
Also on the tour was Dr. Janice Barrett, Chair of the Communication Department at
Lasell, who presented "Careers in Media Capture Lasell Student Interest."
In Palm Beach, the hosts were Adolfo and
Bizabeth Cheswick Garcia '68. The
youngest member of Tom's fan club was Kate
Jiggins, daughter of Sage Stone Jiggins 'g6.
At the Longboat Key event which was
hosted by Jim and Bobbie Trout Krohn '52
in their home, Terry Bergeron Hoyt '45
posed with a silent alum.
Bubbles Davenport Weidmann '48 hosted the Aventura event in her home.
Chet and Kate Lasell were hosts in their Vero Beach home.
The Delray Beach Club gathering was hosted by Robert and Annette Willock Becker '65.
Tarpon Springs was hosted by Tom and Joanne Monahan Garrity '51 in their home.
The Club at Pelican Bay was the site for the Naples event, hosted by Dwight and Jo-Ann
Vojir Massey '53.
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□ Founder's Club ($150-$249) D Torchbearer's Club ($1,000-52,499) □ Chairman's Council ($10,000-$24,999)
□ Lasell Associates ($250-$499) u Winslow Society ($2,500-$4,999) □ 1851 Society ($25,000+)
□ Bragdon Associates ($500-$999) D President's Club ($5,000-$9,999) Q Please contact me about a gift of stock.
Please make your check payable to Lasell College . Gifts are tax deductible. The Lasell College Annual Fund year ends June 30.
617-243-2165 or www.lasellalumni.org/annualfund
Major Gifts and Planned Giving
"Wish List" of Funding Priorities
As another successful academic year comes to a close, so does the push to encour-
age our alumni and friends to not only support the Annual Fund, but consider more
major support for specific projects and areas at Lasell. It is clear to all of us that
Lasell has now arrived — larger student body, expanded physical plant, cutting-edge
programs, and exciting connected learning opportunities. In order for us to remain
state-of-the-art and exemplary, we must continue raising major gifts for priorities in
each area of the College. Below is a "wish list" of funding opportunities that we hope
you will consider when making philanthropic decisions this year:
Graduate Management Program
Records room for Registrar and Financial Aid
Classroom upgrades (including furnishings and technology)
Weight room in the Edwards Student Center
Student organization offices in the Campus Center
* Call Ruth Shuman at 617/243-2140 for details.
Please remember that these initiatives can be funded through outright gifts of cash
or appreciated securities. Those entries that are annual expenses can also be funded
through an endowment gift. Gifts over $5,000 can be paid out over several years
For more information on this "wish list", please contact me at 617-243-2140 or
Rshuman@lasell.edu. We wholeheartedly thank you, who have supported Lasell in
a major way, and for those who are still wondering how to help, we hope this list
provides much "food for thought!"
Scholarship funding for undergraduate and graduate tuition,
and study abroad programs
Academic Achievement Center/Academic Computing fund for
support of workshops, small equipment, peer training
$25,000 per year
Endowed teaching fellowship program
$20,000 per year
Renovation of Crosby's (the commuter lounge)
Coffeehouse series of acoustic performers for the student center
$10,000 per year
Lounge furniture for residential buildings $8,000 per building
Faculty Scholar(s) in Service Learning; annual professional
$8,000 per year
Computers for the Barn classrooms
Poster printer for student activities, residential life, career services
Diversity training for Residential Life staff
$5,000 per year
Distinguished speaker series on the media
International service learning programs
Program underwriting for African-American History Month,
and Women's History Month
Rockwell fitness program (large motor skills)
Rockwell weekly Spanish program
Decorative artwork for public spaces in the Edwards Student Cente
Bequests: Leaving a Legacy
Vf e are pleased to continue our series
of bequest donor profiles in this edition
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals
chose to support Lasell by making a
provision in their will or trust to
support the College at their death.
Each loved their alma mater and
believed in its future. We are grateful
for their foresight and generosity.
Together, our featured donors
bequeathed $532,258 to Lasell.
We hope they inspire you to consider
bequest support as part of your
philanthropic planning. For more
information or to request a bequest
language handout, please call or
DuVally '40 was
like many dedicated
alumni, a consistent
$25 donor to the
During her lifetime,
Norma established a Charitable
Remainder Trust naming Lasell College
as beneficiary. In 2004, at age 84, she
passed away and Lasell was recently
notified that $500,000 was set aside in
a trust fund, to be known as the "Norma
Booth DuVally Memorial Fund," the
income of which shall be paid annually
to Lasell College to be used for its
general purposes. Norma owned a
women's clothing boutique called
"Arline Booth" (named for her mother)
in Portsmouth, Rhode Island for 49
years. She retired in 1989. In the 1940
yearbook "The Lamp" Norma was
described as follows: "blonde hair,
brown eyes, a rare combination; she can
skillfully meet any situation." In addi-
tion to being on the Lamp staff, she was
in the swimming club, a member of the
crew team, and a member of both the
French Club and the Golf Club.
_^^^^^mm^ If there is one name
that is almost syn-
onymous with the
name Lasell, it is
the name Winslow.
^Guy Winslow led
Lasell College for
39 years, first as Principal and then as
President. Guy Winslow and his wife
Clara Austin had four children: Richard,
Marjorie, Donald and Priscilla. Priscilla
Winslow graduated in the Class of
1935. She also attended kindergarten at
Woodland Park. Priscilla later worked
in the Registrar's Office, and still later
was alumnae secretary for nine years.
In "The Lamp" in 1935, next to Priscilla's
graduation photo it said, "a quiet mod-
esty which most becomes a woman."
While a student at Lasell, she was
vice-president of the German Club,
an Orphean singer, business manager
and leader of the orchestra, and she
played tennis and hockey. Priscilla was
a proud alumna of Lasell and in her
will she bequeathed 25 percent of her
estate to the College. In July of 2005,
Priscilla passed away at the age of 89
and this past October Lasell received
her bequest of $32,258. On October 16,
2006 a memorial service was held
for Priscilla in the Yamawaki Art and
Cultural Center. Her legacy, and that
of the entire Winslow family, is and
always will be part of the history of
this institution. *
Lasers Leave Mark on NAC as They Prepare for GNAC
Message from the Athletic Director
Office of Athletics
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
fax (617) 243-2037
The Lasell College Lasers are competing
in their last season in the North Atlantic
Conference as Lasell prepares to move
into the Great Northeast Athletic
Conference next year. The Lasers have
always been competitive in the NAC and
Lasell student-athletes and coaches have
been recognized highly by the conference.
The men's soccer team dominated the
NAC this year, going undefeated in the
regular season and winning the NAC
championship in November. Five players
were named First Team All-Conference
players and Coach Pacini was named
NAC Coach of the Year for the second
time in his career.
The women's volleyball team finished
in second place this year in regular
season play, losing only one conference
match all season. The women were
also the runners up in the conference
championship. Two Lasers were named
First Team All-Conference in 2007.
The field hockey team had two players
named First Team All-Conference and
Head Coach Jessica King was named
the 2007 NAC Coach of the Year.
Men's and Women's Cross Country
each placed one runner on the First
All-Conference Team as well.
The men's basketball team finished
second in regular season play in their
division and fell to eventual champion
Elms College in the NAC semi-finals
this winter. Lasell's Jamie Crawford was
named NAC Player of the Year and his
teammate Jose Guitian was named to
the First Team All-Conference.
The women's softball team is just
beginning their 2007 season, but they
are looking to compete for the NAC
Championship in May.
Traditionally, Lasell has placed teams in
all of the NAC sponsored champi-
onships and overall, 80% of the teams
have advanced to the final four in each
sport sponsored. Over the years, we
have also had six NAC Coaches of the
Year; five Players of the Year and three
Rookies of the Year. Looking ahead to
2007-2008 and beyond, the Lasers will
look to make their mark in the Great
Northeast Athletic Conference and to
accomplish new goals and records.
Overall Record: 16-12
Conference Record: 11-3
Por the second time, the Lasers
participated in the post-season ECAC
Tournament, earning a number five
seed. This capped a year that had taken
them to the NAC quarterfinal, where
they met Elms College, the eventual
Jamie Crawford '08 was honored as the
NAC Player of the Year. He was the only
player to repeat first team selection on
the year's All-Conference First Team.
He was joined on this team by Jose
Guitian '09. Earlier in the season,
Crawford netted his 1000th point in a
game against Thomas College.
Junior point guard Dwayne Powell
broke the single season assists record,
finishing with 151, which ranked him
second all-time in assists at Lasell.
The team will not be losing any players
and they are looking to make an impact
in the GNAC next year. ¥
Jose Guitian 'og prepares to pass.
Overall Record: 13-13
Conference Record: 10-8
The women finished the regular sea-
son in second place in the NAC West
Division. They advanced to the NAC
quarterfinals, hosting the number three
seed in the East Division, Husson
College. The Husson Hawks started
with a blistering pace, netting 10 of the
first 14 points. The Lasers fought their
way back but never could gain the lead.
Seniors Courtney Casserly and Justine
Hill broke Lasell's scoring and assist
records respectively and Casserly earned
a spot on the NAC Second Team,
averaging 16.6 points per game. She
finished the season with 1,244 points,
a new Lasell College record. Lauren
Picozzi '08 led the team in rebounds
with 151 and fellow junior Christina
DeLuca also had a solid year, playing all
26 games and averaging 8.8 points.
The women will return a strong core of
players for the 2007-2008 season. 1'
Justine Hill 'oj moves past her opponent.
Overall Record: 7-12
Conference Record: 4-4
The Lasers finished their season in
dramatic fashion as they qualified for
the NAC post-season tournament for
the seventh consecutive year. The
women defeated Castleton State College
2-1 and advanced to the semi-finals
against the University of Maine at
Farmington, a tough team that denied
Lasell a victory.
Five players were recognized by the
NAC for their accomplishments. Jackie
Motyl '07 and Rachael Johnson '08
were named to the All-NAC First Team
and Nicole Bryant '07 was named to the
All-NAC Second team. Nora Harrington
'07 and Laura Gallagher '08 were both
named to the Honorable Mention Team.
Lasers Head Coach Jessica King was
named NAC Co-Coach of the year
and she is looking forward to another
competitive season in the fall. *
Justine Langdon '07 fights for the ball.
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Both the men's and women's teams
met with success this year. The men's
team placed second in the windswept
NAC Championship Meet and Andrew
Gundlach '08, Greg Lauranzano '07 and
Chris Johnson '09 were all named to
the NAC All-Conference Second Team.
In the Women's Cross Country
Championship, Kayla McKenna '09
placed fifth and was named to the NAC
All-Conference First Team. Her excel-
lent time helped her team finish fourth.
Under Head Coach Larry Sullivan, both
teams are looking forward to next fall. '•>'
Andrew Gundlach '08 shows his speed.
Kayla McKenna 'og finds her rhythm.
Overall Record: 12-16
Conference Record: 4-8
It was a good year for the men's team,
starting with their home opener against
eleventh ranked MIT. After a slow start,
they came back and almost sent the
match to a fifth and deciding game.
From there they went on to sweep two
matches in Vermont, took second place
in the Bard College Tournament, and
defeated Wentworth in five games.
Seniors Bryan Bobo, Dwayne Cartagena,
and Scott Penna were honored at senior
night in the Laserdome. Cartagena is
currently the College record holder in
kills, finishing his career with 761. Bobo
had a record 2,658 assists over his four
year career and Penna had career totals
of 73 blocks, 597 digs, and 366 kills.
They will be missed next season,
but the team is looking forward to
a successful 2008. '^
Seniors Bryan Bobo and Dwayne
Cartegena are a strong force on the team.
Overall Record: 20-14
Conference Record: 9-1
For the fifth year in a row, the
Lasers earned a spot in the NAC
Championships, facing perennial rival
Mount Ida College. The match was a
battle from start to finish and the young
Laser team (seven freshmen, three
sophomores) played hard but unfortu-
nately lost in five games.
Senior Angele Lavoie led the team
offensively and is the Lasell leader in
kills with 1,392. She was ably assisted by
Katelyn Rasich '08 who is the College
career leader in assists with 2,808.
Amanda Major '10 broke the single
season record in digs with 656.
The future looks bright for the team
as they will only lose one senior
to graduation. ¥
Angele Lavoie 'oy serves.
Overall Record: 16-6
Conference Record: 10-0
The merf s soccer program earned its
second trip to the NCAA Division III
tournament after defeating Elms
College 2-1 in the NAC Championship.
This gave the Lasers a perfect 10-0 con-
ference record and was the first time in
six years that a NAC team has gone
undefeated in conference play.
For their efforts throughout the season,
five players were named to the All-NAC
First Team, including Andy Roch '07,
Brian Whelan '08, Jeff Danso '09, Zach
Gagne '09 and rookie goalkeeper Julian
The Lasers look to an exciting 2007
season as they enter the Great Northeast
Athletic Conference (GNAC). '¥
The men's soccer team celebrates after their
NAC championship victory.
Overall Record: 4-14
Conference Record: 2-8
The 2006 campaign got off to a
rough start, with several players
missing because of injuries.
However, as the team returned to
full strength their matches became
much more competitive.
Seniors Justine Hill and Shayna Glynn
led the team in scoring and goalkeeper
Jamie Remmers '09 was named to the
NAC Honorable Mention team after
making 151 saves. '•»
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